Arendt and the Frankfurt School

Authored by: Seyla Benhabib , Clara Picker

The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138333246
eBook ISBN: 9780429443374
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This chapter seeks to illuminate the relationship between Hannah Arendt’s and the Frankfurt School’s diagnoses of modernity. To do so, it examines Arendt’s and the Frankfurt School’s respective approaches to modern anti-Semitism as well as a selection of their core categories (“instrumental reason,” ”rise of the social,“ etc.). While the authors identify a range of diagnostic commonalities, they also highlight important differences in these thinkers’ political commitments and intellectual orientations.

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