The Frankfurt School and the Dialectics of Religion: Translating Critical Faith into Critical Theory, by Dustin J. Byrd

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The Frankfurt School and the Dialectics of Religion: Translating Critical Faith into Critical Theory:¬†The predecessors of the Frankfurt School, including Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and Lenin, all believed that religion was in some way detrimental to the progress of humanity. Yet, the Frankfurt School saw something emancipatory within religion that they thought must be preserved within secular non-conformist philosophy. Many scholars assume that the Frankfurt School’s Critical Theory follows its predecessors, that it stands opposed to all forms of religion. However, as Dustin J. Byrd has shown, that is not true; there is a theological core at the heart of Critical Theory. “Faith,” as Max Horkheimer understood it, was the “longing that unites all men so that the horrible events, the injustice of history so far would not be permitted to the final, ultimate fate of the victims…” How such theological elements are preserved, elevated, and radicalized within the non-conformist political theology of the Frankfurt School is the subject of this book.

Dustin J. Byrd is a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Olivet College. He is also a Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Ekpyrosis Press, as well as the Founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Critical Social Theory. His personal website is: www.dustinjbyrd.org

Hardcover. 332 pages.

Published: October, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-7350576-3-7

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Weight 23 oz
Dimensions 6 × 9 × 1 in
Table of Contents

1) Introduction

2) The Predecessors: Feuerbach, Marx, Lenin

3) The Predecessors: Freud and Nietzsche

4) Relationship to Judaism and the Distinction between Religion and Theology

5) The Frankfurt School's Dialectical Negation of Religion

6) The Frankfurt School's Dialectical Preservation of Religion

7) Religion Needs New Translators: Habermas, the Post-Secular Society, and the Limits of the Translation Proviso

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