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The Essential Frankfurt School Reader

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The Frankfurt School of philosophers, aestheticians, sociologists, and political scientists (including Theodore W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, Erich Fromm, and Herbert Marcuse) represents one of the most interesting and unique intellectual events of the twentieth century. Editors Arato and Gebhardt offer major introductions to the three sections that comprise ...more
559 pages
Published (first published August 1st 1982)
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I'm pretty sure I say something their specific reviews about the various key essays in this volume. I wish there were more Horkheimer, but oh well. He's not the best, but his work is arguably the most under-recognized of the group and so I had hoped for more in this anthology. This is like a Greatest Hits - if you're familiar with the Frankfurt School, check the contents before buying this. If you're new to the school and interested, check it out. Unfortunately, I got this as a gift (and it wasn ...more
Pascal Christeller
This book is incredible! So many great essays. Definitely a foundation for anyone who wants to be Critical in the world. A form of therapy in itself, and will inspire definite re-reading, and I'd like to delve deeper into the works of Horkheimer, Marcuse, Adorno, Benjamin and Fromm.
Dec 21, 2009 Juan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not light reading by any means, but crucial to anyone with a desire to understand the foundations of post WWII sociological & economic theory. The authors fling universal assertions about with a nonchalance certain to raise the hackles of anyone trained in "3rd World" economics & sociology. Many of their fundamental assertions, much less their conclusions, simply don't have much relevance outside of Europe and the so-called "1st World."
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