Abstract

This essay examines three recent monographs wrestling with the question of what’s living and what’s dead in Frankfurt School critical theory. What’s living, these books argue, is the project of a critical theory oriented towards universal values of human emancipatory; what’s dead is a certain neo-Kantian version of this project that collapsed political morality into a moralization of politics. This essay examines how each of these works charts a different path through this puzzle of politicizing morality without moralizing politics. It argues that what these works is a profound distrust of time at the heart of critical theory, a distrust that reiterates a drive towards moralism even where it is the object of critique.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2151-4372
Print ISSN
2151-4364
Pages
pp. 499-522
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-22
Open Access
No
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