Marx, Cole and the Frankfurt School: Realising the political potential of critical social theory

@article{Masquelier2012MarxCA,
  title={Marx, Cole and the Frankfurt School: Realising the political potential of critical social theory},
  author={Charles Masquelier},
  journal={Capital \& Class},
  year={2012},
  volume={36},
  pages={475 - 492}
}
In this article, the author proposes that whilst Habermas’s attempt to conceptualise a political form oriented towards the institutionalisation of emancipatory practice represents a positive step for critical theory, it is best served by developing a theoretical framework that does not presuppose or apologise for the instrumental mastery of external nature. It is argued that in order to achieve such a task, the political potential of the critique of instrumental reason elaborated by the first… 
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