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Critical Theory and Social Pathology: The Frankfurt School Beyond Recognition (Critical Theory and Contemporary Society) (Hardcover)

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The social-theoretical foundations of critical theory have crumbled. This is a result of the unchecked embrace of an aggressive variant of 'recognition theory'. While first-generation critical theorists grasped the potency of structural power as a force that reified thought, denatured the imagination and recoded desires, recognition theory views power as a post-hoc effect that exists only after intersubjective relations have been established. This is a troubling state of affairs and has led to the debilitation of the Frankfurt School's research programme. New and secure social-theoretical foundations are urgently needed. In this regard, the work of first-generation critical theorists such as Erich Fromm and Herbert Marcuse remains as powerful today as ever.

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Neal Harris is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University


Product Details
ISBN: 9781526154736
ISBN-10: 1526154730
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: November 29th, 2022
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: Critical Theory and Contemporary Society