"What the philosophers once knew as life has become the sphere of private existence and now mere consumption, dragged along as an appendage of the process of material production, without autonomy or substance of its own. He or she who wishes to know the truth about life in its immediacy must scrutinize its estranged form, the objective powers that determine individual existence even in its most hidden recesses." T.W. Adorno
T.W. Adorno
Walter Benjamin
Max Horkheimer
Erich Fromm
Jurgen Habermas









The Illuminations web project is designed to be a resource for students and researchers who are interested in the Critical Theory project. Firmly based in the Frankfurt School tradition this site's purpose is to not only promote the classics of Critical Theory but also to chart out the new trajectories that have advanced its thought while continuing the project of a critical theory of society. The critical interventions made by the theorists represented here have made significant impacts in fields such as philosophy, cultural studies, political theory, science and technology studies, feminist theory, critical theory of race, critical media studies, education, and environmental theory. This site will thus serve as an indespensible resource for students and researches who are working in or becoming acquainted with the field of social theory.
Seyla Benhabib Andrew Feenberg
Douglas Kellner
Angela Davis
Ben Agger
Nancy Fraser
Steve Best
Herbert Marcuse