The Frankfurt School in New York City

Description: This course has two parts: the first part consists of an in-depth introduction to the works of the Frankfurt School through the reading the works of Georg Lukacs, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jürgen Habermas, among others. During the second part of the course, we will follow the footsteps of the Frankfurt School thinkers in New York City, both at Columbia University and the New School for Social Research. Ideally, students will take away from this course not only a deep understanding of the philosophical and theoretical roots of critical theory, but also a more refined awareness of the Frankfurt School’s impact on American intellectual life in general, and New York City’s in particular