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Critical Theory and Feeling: The Affective Politics of the Early Frankfurt School

Simon Mussell


The book provides a new perspective on the early work of the Frankfurt School, by focusing on the vital role that affect and feeling play in the development of critical theory. Building on contemporary theories of affect, the author argues that any renewal of critical theory today must have an affective politics at its core. If one’s aim is to effectively theorize, criticize, and ultimately transform existing social relations, then a strictly rationalist model of political thought remains inadequate. In many respects, this flies in the face of predominant forms of political philosophy, which h ... More

Keywords: Critical theory, Affect, Frankfurt School, Feeling, Mimesis, Melancholia, Unhappiness, Hope, Objects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526105707
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526105707.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Mussell, author