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Henryk Grossman and Critical Theory (2016)


In 1943, Henryk Grossman sent a draft of the study, eventually published in two parts as ‘The Evolutionist Revolt against Classical Economics’, to Max Horkheimer for comment. His very hostile response, Grossman’s drafts and the published study cast light not only on the changing relationship between Grossman and Horkheimer but also on the distance between Grossman’s classical Marxism and nascent mature Critical Theory. Grossman’s study identified the emergence of the idea of successive economic systems in the work of Condorcet, Henri Saint-Simon and Simonde de Sismondi in France, James Steuart and Richard Jones in England, culminating in Marx’s formulations which entailed the role of class struggle and capitalism’s tendency to break down. Hegel was not an influence on Marx’s conception of modes of production. In addition to a series of spurious and minor criticisms, Horkheimer objected that Grossman’s approach was positivist, that it misconceived Hegel’s philosophy, and that it amounted to a conventional history of ideas. In response, Grossman made some changes in his study, but these were designed to strengthen his main arguments and successfully reaffirmed his Marxist approach in the face of Horkheimer’s criticisms.

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Authors & Contributors
Freudenthal, Gideon
Rothschild, Emma
Sherratt, Y.
Trigg, Andrew B.
Hein, Laura
Green, Adam
History of the Human Sciences
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Science and Society
Perspectives on Science
History of European Ideas
Harvard University Press
University of California Press
State University of New York Press
Koninklijke Brill NV
Science and politics
Controversies and disputes
Grossmann, Henryk
Hessen, Boris Mikhailovich
Adorno, Theodor W.
Horkheimer, Max
Marx, Karl
Smith, Adam
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
18th century
16th century
Soviet Union
Institut für Sozialforschung, Frankfurt am Main

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