The Frankfurt School's Invitation from Columbia University: How the Horkheimer Circle Settled on Morningside Heights

in German Politics and Society
Thomas Wheatland

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Oddly enough, the Frankfurt School’s relationship to Columbia University

has been somewhat neglected by its many historians. It is not

hard to understand why the Horkheimer circle would have desired

to settle at Columbia, but it is peculiar that the Frankfurt School

would have received an invitation from Columbia. After all, why

would Columbia University’s conservative president, Nicholas Murray

Butler, and its sociology department extend an invitation to a

group of predominantly German-speaking social philosophers with

strong links to the Marxian left?

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