The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory

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Frankfurt School

Institute for Social Research, 1924-1933.

The Frankfurt School is a Marxist affiliated school of social theory and philosophy. Its origin go back to the “Institute for Social Research” at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. The “Frankfurt School” is also used as a term for individuals affiliated with the Institute for Social Research or influenced by them.

History of the Frankfurt School

The first generation of the Frankfurt School were all Jews and the Institute of Social Research itself was funded by a Jewish millionaire, Felix Weil. It was created during the Weimar Republic and soon become very influential. The Frankfurt School was perceived to be a communist organization and was closed down within six weeks of Hitler’s ascent to power. It migrated to the United States (until after World War II), where it was also widely perceived to be a communist organization.

Prominent members of the…

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