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Group Experiment and Other Writings: The Frankfurt School on Public Opinion in Postwar Germany
During the occupation of West Germany after the Second World War, the American authorities commissioned polls to assess the values and opinions of ordinary Germans. They concluded that the fascist attitudes of the Nazi era had weakened to a large degree. Theodor W. Adorno and his Frankfurt School colleagues, who returned in 1949 from the United States, were skeptical. They ...more
Hardcover, 203 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Harvard University Press
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From its beginnings, the Frankfurt school- Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Friedrich Pollock, Erich Fromm, Franz Leopold Neumann, Walter Benjamin, et. al- concerned themselves with politics, culture, media, and asethetics. At the heart of the institute’s scholarship, was a philosophical commitment to what Adorno cited as a “totally socialized society” (Gerhard Schweppenhauser 2009, 51-79). This notion destroys and defeats any potential of individual liberation and creative ...more