The Third Generation of the Frankfurt School

History 280B.001

Fall 2012
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
2303 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
M 10-12P
CCN: 
39750
Units: 
4

Critically appropriating the revisions made in classical Critical Theory by Jürgen Habermas, who is the leading representative of the Frankfurt School’s second generation, a cohort of scholars in Germany and America has emerged in the past thirty years to form a distinct third generation. Often engaged with contemporary French and American thought, while revisiting some of the earlier concerns of Adorno, Horkheimer and Benjamin, they have focusing on a wide variety of issues. Among them are new developments in democratic theory, the importance of the dialectic of recognition, the implications of postmodernism, the changing role of the aesthetic, the relationship between justification and justice, and the challenges of gender, race and post-colonialism. This seminar will focus on the writings of major representatives of the third generation, including Albrecht Wellmer, Axel Honneth, Seyla Benhabib, Thomas McCarthy, Nancy Fraser and Rainer Forst.