Ekpyrosis Press author, Rudolf J. Siebert, sat down with Dr. Dustin J. Byrd to discuss the Frankfurt School’s relationship with religion, especially Judaism and Christianity. Unlike their predecessors, especially Feuerbach, Marx, Lenin, Nietzsche, and Freud, the first generation of Critical Theorists saw something worthy of being rescued in religion. As such, Adorno, Horkheimer, Benjamin, Fromm, and Löwenthal, all attempted to translate religion semantics and semiotics into post-metaphysical language – language assessable outside of the closed semantic universe of religion and theology. This project was later carried on by the second generation critical theorists, such as Jürgen Habermas and Rudolf J. Siebert. This discourse was sponsored by Ekpyrosis Press and the Institute for Critical Social Theory.

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