ECLIPSE OF REASON. By MAX HORKHEIMER. New York, Ox- ford University Press, PP. I This book is a remarkably penetrating study of the status. I’m starting to read Max Horkheimer’s Eclipse of Reason. I have had high hopes for it and have not been disappointed. The distinction. From the Publisher In this book, Horkheimer surveys and demonstrates the gradual ascendancy of Reason in Western philosophy, its eventual total application.

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Dec 20, Pablo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kulturindustrie was coined by the critical theorists Theodor Adorno — and Max Horkheimer —and was presented as critical vocabulary in the chapter “The Culture Industry: A critical point of Horkheimer is that ideas are rooted in culture and society.

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The resistance to instrumental reason can only come from a philosophy devoted to criticism from outside the inner rationality of the system, using philosophical dialectics. Pollock’s Jewish-born father turned away from Judaism, and raised his son accordingly. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In this attempt, certain characteristics of experience are emphasized and developed into coherent world views that have putatively universal validity, and describe the significance of the world and human life pp.

Thus positivism disconnects science from society and robs it of its emancipatory possibilities, because brute facts can only grasp the present, and the possibility for changing the status quo in the future is lost. No social philosophy that denies the singular import of suffering, and the corresponding desire to overcome that suffering, can properly grasp human social reality. If by enlightenment and intellectual progress we mean the freeing of man from superstitious belief in evil forces, in demons and fairies, in blind fate – in short, the emancipation from fear – then denunciation of what is currently called reason is the greatest service we can render.

On the Freudian view ego development involves the suppression of these various drives along these lines Horkheimer directly mentions Freud in Eclipse in discussing the way the child relates to the superego which embodies the principles of father-figures; see p. He started his academic studies in at the University of Frankfurt am Main with two semesters of jurisprudence.


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Given the unintellectual nature of the cultural Marxists today, this book is of interest for conservatives to find out where western thought went wrong, for the fascists and the Marxists.

There he presents most of the main themes of his early philosophy in the context of describing what the Institute was to accomplish under his leadership. The Myth of Disenchantment: Lists of writers Revolvy Brain revolvybrain.

Horkheimer to HabermasBerkeley, CA: The task of this essay is to lay out that process, ecllipse reason is subjectivized and formalized. But this realism has to be qualified; materialism is distinguished from idealism through the appeal to an objective reality outside of our thinking, but it is further separated from metaphysical realism by its recognition that our knowing is historically bounded.

The aim of materialist social research horkheiemr to combine specific horkheiimer studies with more comprehensive theorizing, and thus overcome these problems.

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Some memorable points from my read through: Member feedback about Aesthetic Theory: Waseda University Library Catalog Spanish translation: Walter Benjamin’s On the Concept of History is published. The critiques of science and positivism make the same basic points. We might consider this to be substantive rationality, perhaps. During the summer semester ofFromm studied at the University of Heidelberg, where he began studying sociology under Alfred Weber brother of the better known sociologist Max Weberpsychiatrist-philosopher Karl Jaspers, and Heinrich Rickert.

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Books by Max Horkheimer. In media studies, media psychology, communication theory and sociology, media influence and media effects horkheimdr topics relating to mass media and media culture effects on individual or audience thought, attitudes and behavior.

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Instead of using reason to organize and create society around ideals that we find meaningful, we now use reason to adapt to society as it exists and to make ourselves into as efficient cogs in the machine as we can be. For example, he criticizes the sciences, in a manner that is not common in earlier essays, for the way they subsume facts under universal concepts pp. Philosophy emerges which critiques religion, hoping to replace superstition and prejudice with reason.


Whether this situation is a necessary phase in the general ascent of society as a whole, or whether it will lead to a victorious re-emergence of the neo-barbarism recently defeated on the battlefields, depends at least in part on our ability to interpret accurately the profound changes now taking place in the public mind and in human nature.

But this does not mean eschewing reason, if there can be a kind of knowing that uses rational concepts while at the same time moving beyond the static form of concepts associated with scientific thinking.

Summary Marcuse discusses the social and political ideas of Hegel,[1] and attempts to show that “Hegel’s basic concepts are hostile to the tendencies that have led into Fascist theory and practice. Taken in its most straightforward sense, this point has become something of a commonplace.

Body culture studies describe and compare bodily practice in the larger context of culture and society, i. But he is not unreservedly critical of metaphysics.

Calling on Weberian terminology, Horkheimer horkhwimer how this lead to the world becoming increasingly demystified, the magic of the world was all being rationalised and explained away. But Horkheimer and other western Marxists, especially in the Frankfurt School which he was a f I decided to read Horkheimer because of his interest in Arthur Schopenhauer, a philosopher usually not dear to those in the Marxist tradition given his intense personal hatred of Hegel and the association with Nietzsche and the Nazis.

Which is where I suspect where Horkheimer’s interest in Schopenhauer came from. Along with Pollock who also completed a doctorate in Frankfurt, writing on MarxHorkheimer became acquainted with Weil, and took part in the activities of the Institute from the beginning.

Insofar as it is individual human beings who suffer, and who desire happiness, individual welfare is a crucial matter.

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