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The Frankfurt School: Its History, Theories, and Political Significance

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This is the definitive study of the history and accomplishments of the Frankfurt School. It offers elegantly written portraits of the major figures in the school's
Paperback, 787 pages
Published February 23rd 1995 by MIT Press (MA) (first published 1993)
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Andrew
Dec 23, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Horkheimer doesn't come out of this looking very good at all. He thumps his chest over the ethical and political degradation of the modern world in his writings, while refusing to get involved in political matters or discussions, and rebuking his colleagues who do. This includes screwing the young Habermas out of a job because he was too "left wing". WTF?
The book also details Horkwhiner's control over the institute's finances, and the way he made sure he could maximally exploit the time and ene
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Mark Lisac
Oct 22, 2016 Mark Lisac rated it really liked it
Tough slogging that ends with mixed results for the reader. It's good on the history (rich in detail), weaker on the theories (at least for lay readers because it presumes a lot of familiarity with the concepts and philosophical background), weaker still on political significance (because saying the School deeply influenced radicalism in the 1960s and later is far different from showing the lines of influence and assessing their importance relative to other factors).
The best parts are the direct
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Oct 18, 2016 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-reference
Comentado en clase de Problemas de Filosofía Contemporánea respecto a One-Dimensional Man.
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