This article explores the theoretical relationship between Erich Fromm and Theodor W. Adorno. Seeking to transcend the facile polarization that has hitherto characterized the reception of Fromm and Adorno, the article charts the evolution of their early relationship with Max Horkheimer and the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research and then considers the substantive correspondences and divergences between their bodies of thought. The article calls for further studies into their intellectual relationship, especially with regard to how their oeuvres may be differentially applied to the development of critical theory as a living system geared toward changing the world.

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