Founding Critical Theory
Series edited by Gordon Finlayson, Dirk Michel-Schertges and Darrow Schecter
The Founding Critical Theory series publishes original research on prominent figures, texts and topics in, and associated with, the first generation of Frankfurt School Critical Theory. The series comprises specialized treatments of topics and thinkers together with new translations of key texts from the period. Emphasis is lent to Critical Theory as an on-going research project, and both its original research and historical scholarship is articulated in these terms. Critical Theory contains an intrinsic commitment to inter-disciplinary research, and this series attempts to honour this commitment where possible.
The series focuses on the work of Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Friedrich Pollock, Erich Fromm, Otto Kirchheimer, Walter Benjamin, Leo Löwenthal, and Franz Leopold Neumann. Unifying these figures is a desire to hew close to the anti-foundationalist approach, and to produce accounts of social wholes, cognition, and the persistence of capitalism. Associated figures – who were not employed by the institute, but are of importance both due to their influence on the institute and due to their continuity with these thematic concerns – include Siegfried Kracauer, Hans Cornelius, Alfred Sohn-Rethel, Georg Lukács and Hans Eisler.
The series welcomes proposals for monographs, translations and well-curated edited collections that pioneer new directions of inquiry.