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Published: 20 October 2017

160 Pages | 9 b/w halftones

4-3/8 x 6-7/8 inches

ISBN: 9780190692674

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Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Stephen Eric Bronner

Very Short Introductions

  • An elegant and precise synthesis of the history of critical theory
  • Explores the contributions of a gamut of well-known representatives of the critical tradition, including Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and Jurgen Habermas
  • Presents a fresh, controversial interpretation of Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno's seminal Dialectic of Enlightenment
  • A compact overview of the cluster of concepts and themes that set critical theory apart from its more traditional philosophical competitors

New to this Edition:

  • Includes two new chapters that emphasize the role of the media, the importance of linking theory to practice, and the responsibility of intellectuals
  • Deals with the impact of Nietzsche and avant-garde movements such as Expressionism and Surrealism on the Frankfurt School to clarify concepts such as subjectivity, the great refusal, and the constellation
  • Examines fascism and the culture industry in relation to the present resurgence of right-wing politics and neo-fascist movements