The Early Frankfurt School and Religion

  • Authors
  • Margarete Kohlenbach
  • Raymond Geuss

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: The Frankfurt School and the Problem of Religion

    1. Margarete Kohlenbach, Raymond Geuss
      Pages 1-12
  3. Students, Theologians, Critical Theorists

  4. Constructions of Religious Experience

  5. Legal Philosophy and Jewish Tradition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Chris Thornhill
      Pages 103-127
  6. Dialectic of Enlightenment Reconsidered

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 190-263

About this book


Are religions tissues of superstition and repression, or repositories of the highest hopes and aspirations of humanity, or perhaps both at the same time? For many of those thinkers who lived through the horrors and upheavals of the first half of the twentieth-century, this old question acquired a new urgency. This volume examines the ways in which the authors of the early Frankfurt School criticized, adopted and modified traditional forms of religious thought and practice. Focusing on the works of Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Erich Fromm, Max Horkheimer, Otto Kirchheimer and Franz Neumann, it analyzes the relevance of religious traditions and of the Enlightenment critique of religion for modern conceptions of emancipatory thought, art, law, and politics.


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