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The Superstitions Of Max Horkheimer

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Max Horkheimer may never have had the inclination or the time in the midst of his often onerous duties of directing the Institute for Critical Theory to write a book on theology or the Bible like Theodor Adorno, Ernst Bloch, Karl Kautsky, Lucien Goldmann, Michael Lwy, Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Giorgio Agamben or Terry Eagleton, but theology is a persistent theme throughout his work. Observations that critical theory Horkheimers conscious designation of his own and the Institutes researchprogramme regarded the social role of religion as the projection of earthly conditions into a beyond suggest Ludwig Feuerbach. The Eastern Orthodox and oriental Orthodox churches made Constantine a saint, and ideologues such as Eusebius of Caesaria, the first church-historian, opined in 320 CE that a unified Christian empire was Gods will.

Keywords: Christian empire; critical theory; Max Horkheimer; Orthodox churches



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