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The controversy over Friedrich Pollock’s state capitalism (2016)


The critique of capitalism is the bedrock on which rests the reputation of Frankfurt School critical theory. Though critical theory has often been heralded – or criticized and rejected – as a reformulation of Marxian theory for our times, its relation with the critique of political economy, and in particular the economic treatises, has barely been studied. Friedrich Pollock, who was Max Horkheimer’s lifelong friend and close associate at the Institute for Social Research, was responsible for all administrative and financial questions, but he wrote few theoretical essays and Wiggershaus calls him ‘the last unknown member of the Frankfurt School’. Nevertheless this article asks whether not only has his influence on early critical theory been sorely underestimated, but also his impact on the late philosophies of Horkheimer, Adorno and Marcuse.

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Authors & Contributors
José Galindo
Davies, William
Hoogvelt, Ankie M. M.
Sigrid Vertommen
Iversen, Torben
Soskice, David
Science, Technology, and Human Values
History of the Human Sciences
Business History Review
Psychoanalysis and History
Suhrkamp Verlag
The Johns Hopkins University Press
University of Illinois at Urbana
University of Toronto Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
Political economy
Globalization; internationalization
Business history
Adorno, Theodor W.
Horkheimer, Max
Marx, Karl
Roover, Raymond de
Serra, Antonio
Grant, George Parkin
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
18th century
21st century
United States
Georgia (Republic)
Florence (Italy)
Institut für Sozialforschung, Frankfurt am Main

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