Editor: Harry F. Dahms
Editor info: Associate Professor, Sociology
Publication Date: July, 2008
Publisher: JAI Press
Synopsis: Since the linguistic turn in Frankfurt School critical theory during the 1970s, philosophical concerns have become increasingly important to its overall agenda, at the expense of concrete social-scientific inquiries. At the same time, each of the individual social sciences — especially economics and psychology, but also political science and sociology — have been moving further and further away from the challenge to illuminate those dimensions of modern societies that prevent the reconciliation of facts and norms. The chapters included in this volume of Current Perspectives in Social Theory highlight the problematic nature of mainstream perspectives, and the growing need to reaffirm how the specific kind of critique the early Frankfurt School theorists advocated is not less, but far more important today.