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Adorno, Authoritarianism, and Critical Social Theory

I thought I would post my contribution to yesterday’s AAG roundtable on The Stars Down To Earth. It’s short and speculative, but I hope it will generate interest and discussion as the roundtable intended. What does Adorno mean by authoritarianism? … Continue reading

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New Article: Critical Theory and the Critique of Capitalism

I thought this might be the last academic article I would write. First because I was stuck adjuncting and was considering quitting, then because I thought I might die of COVID. As it happened, I had no better career options, … Continue reading

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Alfred Schmidt — Werner Rehfeld Discussion on Marxism

Here is Alfred Schmidt and Werner Behfeld’s discussion on Marxism as published in the now out of print Karl Marx 1818 1968

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Equality, Traditional and Critical Theory

Great passage from Lecture 10 in Philosophical Elements of a Theory of Society where Adorno provides a gloss on Marx’s critique of political economy that I think illuminates the distinction between traditional approaches to political economy and the critical theory … Continue reading

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Traditional and Critical Social Theory

Wonderful passage from Aspects of Sociology that lucidly distinguishes critical social theory from traditional theory: “But, indeed, the concept of society can hardly be separated from the polarity of the institutional and the natural. Only insofar as the cohabitation of … Continue reading

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Aspects of Sociology

Here is the sadly out of print textbook the Institute for Social Research put together based on lectures.

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Traditional Marxism as Traditional Theory

In the depths of my PhD thesis I questioned the veracity of the category of traditional marxism. I raised the sorts of critical analytical questions one does in the depths of a PhD: does the category apply as broadly as … Continue reading

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Reconstruction, Deconstruction, Development

Marx never completed the critique of political economy. Nor, as Michael Heinrich has pointed out, do the manuscripts from the critique of political economy form a coherent whole. One cannot then simply reconstruct Marx’s critique of political economy. A complete … Continue reading

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Value Theory, Real Abstraction, and Critical Theory

There is an ongoing debate in Marxian value theory about the creation of value. In this debate it is often argued that value-form theory holds that value is created in exchange. Other literature on criticizes Sohn-Rethel, Adorno and other early … Continue reading

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In Defense of Administered Society

Adorno’s notion of administered society is roundly criticized. Some Marxists say it posited the overcoming of the law of value. Other Marxists say it posited the overcoming of class struggles. Habermasians say it left no room for emancipatory types of … Continue reading

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