Between Philosophy and Social Science: Selected Early Writings

Between Philosophy and Social Science: Selected Early Writings

by Max Horkheimer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262581426

ISBN-13: 9780262581424

Pub. Date: 08/28/1995

Publisher: MIT Press

Max Horkheimer is well known as the director of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research and as a sometime collaborator with Theodor Adorno, especially on their classic Dialectic of Enlightenment. These essays reveal another side of Horkheimer, focusing on his remarkable contributions to critical theory in the 1930s.Included are Horkheimer's inaugural address as

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Max Horkheimer is well known as the director of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research and as a sometime collaborator with Theodor Adorno, especially on their classic Dialectic of Enlightenment. These essays reveal another side of Horkheimer, focusing on his remarkable contributions to critical theory in the 1930s.Included are Horkheimer's inaugural address as director of the Institute, in which he outlines the interdisciplinary research program that would dominate the initial phase of the Frankfurt School, his first full monograph, and a number of other pieces published in the 1930s. The essays, most of which have not appeared in English before, are surprisingly relevant to current post-philosophy debates,notably "On the Problem of Truth," with its focus on pragmatism, and "The Rationalism Debate in Current Philosophy," a sustained critique of the post-Cartesian philosophy of consciousness. Horkheimer's 1933 critique of Kantian ethics, "Materialism and Morality," is of particular interest given the current reaction to the neo-Kantian aspect of Habermas's work. There are also essays relevant to the current foundations debate within Continental philosophy, and the rationality/relativism question is sustained throughout the volume.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262581424
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Series:
Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
489,561
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction
A Note on the Translation and Sources
The Present Situation of Social Philosophy and the Tasks of an Institute for Social Research1
Materialism and Morality15
Egoism and Freedom Movements: On the Anthropology of the Bourgeois Era49
History and Psychology111
A New Concept of Ideology?129
Remarks on Philosophical Anthropology151
On the Problem of Truth177
The Rationalism Debate in Contemporary Philosophy217
Montaigne and the Function of Skepticism265
Beginnings of the Bourgeois Philosophy of History313
Notes389
Index421

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