Book Reviews : The Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research, I923-I950. 28 years after its initial publication, Martin Jay's "The Dialectical Imagination" is still the best introduction and most indispensable guide to the Frankfurt School's history and thinkers. It’s my introduction to the intellectual history of Critical Theory, which might provide a tool for understanding our society. By Martin Jay. THE DIALECTICAL IMAGINATION A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research 1923-1950 MARTIN JAY HEINEMANN • LONDON 382. Martin Jay has provided a substantial new preface for this edition, in which he reflects on the continuing relevance of … Critical Theory of Society (Translation of Kritische Gesellschaftstheorie Und Positiv Ismus). Martin Jay writes an intellectual history of the Institut fur Sozialforschung , more commonly known as the Frankfurt School, during its sojourn in America. I am reading The Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research, 1923-1950 by Martin Jay (1970). Martin Jay in The Dialectical Imagination has attempted to chronicle the history of the “Frankfurt School” from its founding, through the period of emigration, and to the immediate postwar years. $4.75 (Paper). Pp. Boston, Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, I973. “The Dialectical Imagination” vividly conveys the spirit of a whole era. The Dialectical Imaginationis a major history of this monumental cultural and intellectual enterprise during its early years in Germany and in the United States. The 1960's are outside his ken, although this is of relatively little importance since most of the ideas which became prominent then had been developed earlier.