Dialectical Imagination: History of the Frankfurt School and by Martin Jay

By Martin Jay

Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Max Horkheimer, Franz Neumann, Theodor Adorno, Leo Lowenthal--the effect of the Frankfurt institution at the sociological, political, and cultural considered the 20 th century has been profound. The Dialectical mind's eye is an important historical past of this enormous cultural and highbrow company in the course of its early years in Germany and within the usa. Martin Jay has supplied a considerable new preface for this variation, within which he displays at the carrying on with relevance of the paintings of the Frankfurt institution.

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If you so believe. you must continue to go hungry. He who feels one with the poor. " 106 Agreeing, the first poet rejects the king's offer and proceeds to starve. Shortly thereafter. the other becomes the court poet. Horkheimer finishes his "fairy tale" by cautioning: "Both drew the consequences, and both consequences favored the tyrant. " 107 And so. the Institut's members may have been relentless in their hostility towards the capitalist system, but they never abandoned the life~style of the haute bourgeOisie.

Jiirgen Habermas has recently argued that a striking resemblance exists between certain strains in the Jewish cultural tradition and in that of German Idealism, whose roots have often been seen in Protestant Pietism. 102 One important similarity, which is especially crucial for an understanding of Critical Theory, is the old cabalistic idea that spee'ch rather than pictures was the only way to approach God. The distance between Hebrew, the sacred language, and the profane speech of the Diaspora made its impact on Jews who were distrustful of the current universe of discourse.

Once there, of course, the same cliquish qualities drew him into the orbit of Horkheimer and the younger members of the Institut. Adorno had known Horkheimer since 1922, when they were together in a seminar on Husser! ted by Ha:qs Cornelius. Both men also studied. under the Gestalt psychologist Gelb. 67 When he returned from Vienna, however, Cornelius had retired and had been replaced in the chair of philosophy by Paul TilIich,68 after a short interlude during which Max Scheler had held the position.

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