Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction 

  • by Stephen Eric Bronner
  • Narrated by Alfred Gingold
  • 5 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Critical Theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose - and, if at all possible, cure - the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism. In this book, Stephen Eric Bronner provides sketches of leading representatives of the critical tradition (such as George Lukács and Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas) as well as many of its seminal texts and empirical investigations.
This Very Short Introduction sheds light on the cluster of concepts and themes that set critical theory apart from its more traditional philosophical competitors. Bronner explains and discusses concepts such as method and agency, alienation and reification, the culture industry and repressive tolerance, non-identity and utopia. He argues for the introduction of new categories and perspectives for illuminating the obstacles to progressive change and focusing upon hidden transformative possibilities. Only a critique of critical theory can render it salient for a new age. That is precisely what this very short introduction provides.


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A useful overview with excellent narration

There is a lot of subject matter, names, history and philosophical, sociological, and political detail to go through, but well worth the mental effort to crunch. It was very helpful having clear and authoritative narration by Alfred Gingold. This is all about philosophy of freedom and therefor applies to everyone. Therefore I urge everyone to familiarise themselves with Critical Theory, it's major thinkers and ideas, and to develop their thinking ontologically within the home and community. Bless you all, be well.
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- Paul

This is a pretty good intro to Frankfurt School

I've read a ton of Benjamin and Adorno, and a bit of most of the other writers collectively associated with "The Frankfurt School." I'd say this book is a noble effort and would recommend it, on its own terms, as a general introduction.

Which brings me to my main point. People will want, no, will NEED to read Benjamin, Adorno, Marcuse, Bloch, &co, but none of their stuff is available in English in audiobook format! I mean what in the actual f&*(# is up with THAT???!!! Audible, please get on the phone with Verso, Shocken, etc and fix this problem ASAP! -kthx ; )
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- Jaded Buddha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios