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Max Horkheimer

Horkheimer was a German philosopher and sociologist and played an important role in the development of critical theory and Western Marxism. In Eclipse of Reason and Dialectic of Enlightenment, he developed a critique of scientific positivism, and his ideas about liberation and consumer society continue to influence contemporary empirical sociologists. What did Horkheimer believe to be the cause of the ills of modern society? More...
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Marxism is ridiculous. Marxists, if there are still any, must be sent to North Korea or Cuba as a sort of mental rehabilitation program to experience what a life in a socialist prison camp based on Marxist 'ideas' really feels and smells like.
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germans always think outside the box
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Horkheimer did his best to revive radical social, and cultural criticism" and discussed authoritarianism, militarism, economic disruption, environmental crisis and the poverty of mass culture
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Well said Christopher Johnson!
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Herkheimer was concerned with modern philosophy's tendency to dispense with moral considerations, particularly where the result was to pursue "instrumental reason" as opposed to objective and subjective reason. He believed that Fascism and Tyranny were the result of this concentration on goals alone.

From Wikipedia: Instrumental rationality

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"Instrumental rationality is often studied as a social phenomenon by sociology, social philosophy and critical theory. Perhaps its most famous critic is philosopher Martin Heidegger, who argued that the greatest danger facing modern humans was their own instrumental relationship to the world.

Instrumental rationality is often seen as a specific form of rationality focusing on the most efficient or cost-effective means to achieve a specific end, but not in itself reflecting on the value of that end. Thus, to the extent that rationality is concerned with critically evaluating actions, instrumental rationality tends to focus on the 'hows' of an action, rather than its 'whys'."


Since Horkheimer tried to address this through Marxist theory, bringing together all of the social sciences to provide a moral grounding, one might suppose that his efforts were doomed to fail.





"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting." -- Edmund Burke
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Bright fellow and added much to the critical thinking of, more then a few generations.
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