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Marx, Cole and the Frankfurt School: Realising the political potential of critical social theory

Masquelier, C (2012) Marx, Cole and the Frankfurt School: Realising the political potential of critical social theory Capital and Class, 36 (3). pp. 475-492.

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Abstract

In this article, the author proposes that whilst Habermas's attempt to conceptualise a political form oriented towards the institutionalisation of emancipatory practice represents a positive step for critical theory, it is best served by developing a theoretical framework that does not presuppose or apologise for the instrumental mastery of external nature. It is argued that in order to achieve such a task, the political potential of the critique of instrumental reason elaborated by the first generation of Frankfurt School theorists ought to be realised through the labour-mediated reconciliation of humanity with both internal and external nature, for which the libertarian socialism of G. D. H. Cole provides an adequate basis. © The Author(s) 2012.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Masquelier, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : October 2012
Identification Number : 10.1177/0309816812460884
Additional Information : Published in Capital and Class,36 (3) 2012. Copyright 2012 Sage Publications.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 Mar 2015 11:41
Last Modified : 13 Mar 2015 14:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805568

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