The Frankfurt School on Religion: Key Writings by the Major Thinkers

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Eduardo Mendieta
Psychology Press, 2005 - Religion - 405 pages
In "The Frankfurt School on Religion," Eduardo Mendieta has brought together a collection of readings and essays revealing both the deep connections that the Frankfurt School has always maintained with religion as well as the significant contribution that its work has to offer. Rather than being unanimously antagonistic towards religion as has been the received wisdom, this collection shows the great diversity of responses that individual thinkers of the school developed and the seriousness and sophistication with which they engaged the core religious issues and major religious traditions.
Through a careful selection of writings from eleven prominent theorists, including several new and previously untranslated pieces from Leo Lowenthal, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, and Jurgen Habermas, this volume provides much needed sources for religious leaders, philosophers, and social theorists as they grapple with the nature and functions of religion in the contemporary social, political, and economic landscape.
"The Frankfurt School on Religion" recovers the religious dimensions of the Frankfurt School, for too long sidelined or ignored, and offers new perspectives and insights necessary to the development of a fuller and more nuanced critical theory of society.
Selections and essays from: Ernst Bloch, Erich Fromm, Leo Lowenthal, Herbert Marcuse, Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Johann Baptist Metz, Jurgen Habermas, Helmut Peukert, Edmund Arens.
 

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Contents

Max Horkheimer
1
Ernst Bloch
7
The Dogma of Christ
61
Project for a Negative Philosophy of Religion
101
Luther Calvin Kant
115
Reason and Sacrifice
149
Reason and Revelation
167
Meditations on Metaphysics
175
Capitalism as Religion
259
Theses on the Philosophy of History
265
Productive Noncontemporaneity
277
A Theologians Remarks
285
Israel and Athens or to Whom Does Anamnestic Reason Belong?
293
Transcendence from Within Transcendence in this World
303
Faith and Knowledge
327
On the Relation between the Secular Liberal State and Religion
339

Theism and Atheism
213
The Jews and Europe
225
Religion and Philosophy
243
Observations on the Liberalization of Religion
251
Enlightenment and Theology as Unfinished Projects
351
Edmund Arens
370
Permissions Credits
397
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Eduardo Mendieta is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University. He is the author or editor of several books including The Adventures of Transcendental Philosophy, Identities: Race, Class, Gender, and Nationality and (as editor and translator), Enrique Dussel's The Underside of Modernity.

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