The Philosophy of History

Authored by: Martin Shuster

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 examines the philosophy of history that animates the work of Theodor W. Adorno and Walter Benjamin, two prominent figures in and for the Frankfurt School. Along the way, it compares and contrasts this philosophy of history to earlier moments in German philosophy, especially to Hegel and Marx, arguing that it shares much with these earlier moments, but ultimately moves beyond them due to a particular ethical—and thereby political—impulse.

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