Faculty Book: Jack Jacobs

Jack Jacobs

The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives, and Antisemitism
(Cambridge University Press, 2014)

The history of the Frankfurt School cannot be fully told without examining the relationships of Critical Theorists to their Jewish family backgrounds, Jacobs asserts in his latest book. Jewish matters had significant effects on key figures in the Frankfurt School, he writes, among them Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno, Erich Fromm, Leo Lowenthal, and Herbert Marcuse. At some points, their Jewish family backgrounds clarify their life paths; at others, these backgrounds help to explain why the leaders of the School stressed the significance of antisemitism, according to the author. This book investigates how the Jewish backgrounds of major Critical Theorists, and the ways in which they related to their origins, impacted upon their work, the history of the Frankfurt School, and differences that emerged among them over time. Jack Jacobs (John Jay) serves on the doctoral faculty in political science.

Submitted on: OCT 10, 2014

Category: Faculty Books | Political Science