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Theodor W. Adorno

Collected Writings in 20 Volumes

As the primary figure behind Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School, as an essayist and critic of society, a music theorist and composer, a sociologist and high-school teacher, Adorno made a definitive and lasting mark not only on the intellectual history of Germany. His Collected Writings, the first volume of which was published one year after his death in 1970, brings together in 20 volumes the more than 10,000 printed pages Adorno published in his lifetime as well as the completed texts from his estate.  

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Theodor W. Adorno

Posthumous Writings

The extensive edition of Adorno’s posthumous writings expands the Collected Writings and together with the fragmentary works collects editions of his lectures, papers, and discussions as well as notebooks.  

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Theodor W. Adorno

Dream Protocols

In early January 1956, Adorno noted: »Our dreams are not simply connected to one another by virtue of being ›ours‹ but also because they form a continuum, belong to a consistent world, similar to the way that all of Kafka’s short stories work to the same effect. And the more interconnected our dreams are, or the more they repeat themselves, the greater the danger that we might no longer be able to distinguish them from reality.«

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Theodor W. Adorno, Siegfried Kracauer

Correspondence 1923-1966

Among the great letter exchanges, the one between Theodor W. Adorno and Siegfried Kracauer is certainly the most intimate.

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Robert Alexy

Theory of Fundamental Rights

Concentrating in particular on the case law of the Federal Constitutional Court, Alexy endeavors to develop a general theory of the fundamental rights of the German Constitution. The most important points are a theory of principles and a theory of the structure of subjective rights.

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Robert Alexy

A Theory of Juristic Argumentation

The subject of this study concerns the central problem of juristic methodology. It is possible to formulate in the question whether jurisprudence is equipped with a commonly accepted canon that makes possible a rationally and inter-subjectively verifiable scrutiny.

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Dirk Baecker

Observers Amongst Themselves

The philosophers of German Idealism – Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel – each developed concepts that may be regarded as prolegomena to a theory of the observer. These culminated, especially in the case of Fichte, in the notion of the self as empty and therefore in need of an external world.

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Mahmoud Bassiouni

Human Rights Between Universality and Islamic Legitimacy

Human rights are caught in a normative area of dispute in contemporary Islamic discourse. On the one hand, they have to be legitimised by Islam, i.e. ankered in Islamic legal thought; on the other, they have to be adaptable to a universal consensus.

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Thomas Bauer

The Culture of Ambiguity

For over a thousand years, Islamic societies in the Arab world nurtured a ›culture of ambiguity‹: disparate truth claims were permitted to coexist in the interest of peaceful cohabitation. Thus, in the fourteenth century, for instance, the existence of different versions of the Qur’an and the multitude of potential interpretations was seen as enriching. For many Muslims today it is a source of great vexation.

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Ulrich Beck

German Europe

In his famous speech in Hamburg in 1953, Thomas Mann warned the Germans never again to strive for a »German Europe«. As a result of the Euro crisis, however, that is exactly what has happened: the continent’s strongest economic power is in a position to dictate the terms under which struggling Euro nations can apply for further credit, to the point where the democratic autonomy of the Greek, Italian, Spanish – and ultimately also the German – parliaments are completely eroded.

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Ulrich Beck

The Personal God

At the beginning of the 21st century the world’s religions are facing radical transformations. They exist simultaneously alongside one another and all the other cultural creations and symbols, and if extracted from their temporal and spatial context, are open for general use, for fundamentalist or individual appropriation.

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Hg.: Ulrich Beck

Liberty or Capitalism

Global capitalism destroys the culture of liberty by radicalizing social inequality. In this way, it contradicts a cosmopolitan culture that rests on the principle of the peaceful coexistence of all - as different equals.

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Children of Freedom

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Ulrich Beck

The Cosmopolitan Perspective or: War is Peace

In his book Power and Countervailing Power in the Global Age, Ulrich Beck analysed the question and the dilemma of the legitimity of power in the global era. In his new publication, he questions the philosophical tradition of cosmopolitism in an empirical-analytical manner and thus comes to the following conclusion: the national-state-societies themselves are cosmopolitised into their very inner .

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Ulrich Beck

Power in the Global Age

This brilliant [...] book by one of Europe's leading social thinkers throws light on the global power games being played out between global business, nation states and movements rooted in civil society. Beck offers an illuminating account of the changing nature of power in the global age and assesses the influence of the ever-expanding counter-powers.

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Ulrich Beck

Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil

The world is a state of turmoil. From the financial crisis to the chaos in the eurozone, from the Arab uprisings to protests in Athens, Barcelona, New York and elsewhere, many of the familiar frameworks are collapsing and we have to find new ways to orient ourselves in a world undergoing rapid change.

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Ulrich Beck

Risk Society

This panoramic analysis of the condition of Western societies has been hailed as a classic.

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Ulrich Beck

What is Globalisation?

This book introduces the impassabilites of the debate on globalisation in a trenchant and explanatory way – its polyvalence, its ambiguity, its (rarely differentiated) dimensions; it aims to reveal possible thought traps and make them avoidable, but first and foremost, it aims at opening the field of discourse for political answers to globalization. The centre stage is taken - plain and difficult - by the twofold question: What does globalization mean and how is it shaped by politics?

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Ulrich Beck

World Risk Society

In 1986, the year of the Chernobyl reactor disaster, Suhrkamp Verlag published Risk Society by Ulrich Beck, a classic of sociological diagnostic, translated into over thirty languages. In 1999, World Risk Society has been published in English by Polity Press. Much has happened since then, our understanding of global risks and our attention have increased considerably.

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Ulrich Beck, Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim

The Normal Chaos of Love

This is a brilliant study of the nature of love in modern society. Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim argue that the nature of love is changing fundamentally, creating opportunities for democracy or chaos in personal life.(book description of the English edition published by Polity Press)

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Ulrich Beck, Edgar Grande

Cosmopolitan Europe

Rethought Europe - that is the theme of this book. The cosmopolitan view on Europe, conceived in notions, could well be the starting point for new action opportunities.

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Valentin Beck

A Theory of Global Responsibility

At the beginning of the 21st century, still a large part of the global population is living in abject poverty. This leads to the burning question of what the citizens of wealthy countries owe desperately poor people from a moral point of view.

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Ulrich Beck, Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim

Love at a Distance

Family and love in the times of globalisation: The grandparents in Thessaloniki and their grandchildren in Cambridge speak to each other every night – via Skype. A woman in the US woman and her Swiss husband are annoyed with their high telephone bills and travel expenses. A married couple in Europe fulfil their desire to have children with thehelp of an Indian surrogate mother.

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Georg W. Bertram

Art as Human Practice

In the theory and philosophy of art, it is common practice to emphasize the difference between art and other human practices. This hinders the tangibility of the plurality of art forms and the relevance of art in the framework of human life. For this reason, Georg W. Bertram advocates a new beginning in the definition of art and defends the thesis that it is in the engagement with pieces of art that different purposes of human practices are re-negotiated. In this sense art is a highly productive, reflexive practice within the relationship between humans and their environment. And, even more than that: art is a practice of freedom.

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Hans Blumenberg

Work on Myth

In this rich examination of how we inherit and transform myths, Hans Blumenberg continues his study of the philosophical roots of the modern world. Work on Myth is in five parts. The first two analyze the characteristics of myth and the stages in the West's work on myth, including long discussions of such authors as Freud, Joyce, Cassirer, and Valéry. The latter three parts present a comprehensive account of the history of the Prometheus myth, from Hesiod and Aeschylus to Gide and Kafka. This section includes a detailed analysis of Goethe's lifelong confrontation with the Prometheus myth, which is a unique synthesis of "psychobiography" and history of ideas. (book description from the English edition by The MIT Press)

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Hans Blumenberg

Description of Man

In Blumenberg’s new standard work, reflection takes human visibility as its starting point and thus enables a focus on the body and on consciousness. In this »description of man«, phenomenology also clarifies the conditions for its own existence as a discipline.

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Hans Blumenberg

Geistesgeschichte der Technik

Hans Blumenberg’s estate includes a folder with the abbreviation »GT«, which contains several shorter publications on the intellectual history of technology. On a few pages and in his customary pithy style Blumenberg expounds on what such an intellectual history – as opposed, say, to the usual history of technology – might look like.

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Hans Blumenberg

The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

In this major work, Blumenberg takes issue with Karl Löwith's well-known thesis that the idea of progress is a secularized version of Christian eschatology, which promises a dramatic intervention that will consummate the history of the world from outside.

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Hans Blumenberg

The Man from the Moon

This volume brings together the largely unpublished essays and commentaries on Jünger from the philosopher’s estate – complete with a short editorial commentary.

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Hans Blumenberg

Prefiguration

In response to a review of his important monograph, Work on Myth, on 20 July 1980 Hans Blumenberg wrote a letter to his reviewer, Götz Müller: »I always find it very difficult to respond to reviews. It is always too late. But I feel that you have put your finger on something. There is indeed a chapter missing from the book, which was part of the manuscript, but which had completely spoiled my taste for the rest of the book. So I withheld it. People are free to do with it as they please, once I am gone.«

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Hans Blumenberg

Sources, Streams, Icebergs

In order to escape the overwhelming burden of reality, humans invent myths and metaphors, metaphysical and cultural systems, which offer a point of orientation even though it is all but impossible to prove their inherent »truth«. Departing from this observation, the philosopher Hans Blumenberg was interested throughout his life in certain metaphors that act as »regulative ideas«, providing a framework for thought, without delimiting it completely. Metaphors, he believed, form the bedrock of the history of ideas.

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Hans Blumenberg

The Rigorism of Truth

»Moses the Egyptian« is an essay by Hans Blumenberg, in which he engages with two of the defining thinkers of the 20th Century: Sigmund Freud and Hannah Arendt. Written at the end of the 1980s and preserved in a folder marked »Forbidden Fragments«, the essay is one of the most spectacular texts in Blumenberg’s posthumous œuvre.

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Hans Blumenberg

Shipwreck with Spectator

This elegant essay exemplifies Blumenberg's ideas about the ability of the historical study of metaphor to illuminate essential aspects of being human. Originally published in the same year as his monumental Work on Myth, Shipwreck with Spectator traces the evolution of the complex of metaphors related to the sea, to shipwreck, and to the role of the spectator in human culture from ancient Greece to modern times.

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Hans Blumenberg

Writings on Literature 1945-1958

Long awaited and now available from the estate: Hans Blumenberg’s reviews, talks and lectures on international literature: Dostoyevsky, Sartre, Greene, Kafka, Jünger, Faulkner, Robbe-Grillet and many others.

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Writings on Technology

In the 1950s and 60s, Hans Blumenberg was toying with the idea of a connection between the philosophies of technology and time that is hardly referenced today. This may be due to the fact that he never wrote a »Philosophy of Technology« – however, a series of shorter writings in which he develops his idea on the subject pointedly were found in his estate.

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Hans Blumenberg

Theory of the Life-World

To mark the 90th anniversary of Hans Blumenberg’s birth, Suhrkamp is bringing out a posthumous text in which the philosopher provides a radical new view of the issue of the life-world.

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Hans Blumenberg, Jacob Taubes

Correspondence 1961–1981

A piece of intellectual history from the former West Germany

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Gernot Böhme

Aesthetic Capitalism

When a new smartphone is released, queues of people form in front of the palatial shops in the early hours of the morning. This goes to show that nowadays it’s not only about the practical value of an article (i.e. that these devices allow us to make calls or surf the internet), but also about that which Gernot Böhme calls the »presentational value«.

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Karl Heinz Bohrer

The Appearance of Dionysus

Has Dionysus only become Dionysian in the course of modernity? Dionysus, son of Zeus, god of ecstasy, has been ascribed many characteristics. But only one of them discerns him from all the other gods: his sudden »appearance«, that mysterious eventfulness that is connected to his entrance and which was already thematised in the Greek texts. In his new book, Karl Heinz Bohrer explores the traces of this Dionysian feature and shows how it has been detached from the myth successively and became the token of romantic-modern literature and philosophy after 1800.

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Reinhard Brandt

Are Animals Capable of Thought?

The age old question of whether animals are capable of thought has yet to be answered convincingly. This is due to the unresolved issue of what exactly counts as »thought« and how humans came to be capable of it.

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Horst Bredekamp

Theory of the Image Act

Not since the Byzantine iconoclastic controversy and the iconoclasm of the Reformation have images been debated with the intensity of recent decades. In the fields of archaeology and art history, but in many other areas as well, experts have become almost fixated on questions surrounding the image.

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Olaf Breidbach

New Orders of Knowledge

We live in a society that primarily generates knowledge rather than material things. Culture, as the connection between all possible interactions in a human society, transforms this knowledge that has evolved over time. What criteria should we apply to measure knowledge and information, and to what extent should we distinguish between the two?

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Fritz Breithaupt

The Dark Sides of Empathy

Empathy is considered the basis of moral action. But if we examine this more carefully, the ability to »empathize with other people« proves itself to be a prerequisite for deliberate humiliation and cruelty. Additionally, even well-meaning compassion has many unintended consequences. It is for these reasons that we must investigate especially the dark, hitherto repressed aspects of empathy in order to achieve a better society.

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Fritz Breithaupt

The Culture of Excuses

Why do people tell each other things? Why did they learn to tell stories? What cultural achievements are linked to telling stories? And what is story telling in the first place? Fritz Breithaupt gives us an astounding answer to this question.

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Fritz Breithaupt

Cultures of Empathy

Most theories of empathy assume that the primary scene of empathy involves two people: One who has empathy with another. The author's hypothesis, however, is that human empathy derives from a scene of three individuals: One individual who observes a conflict between two others.

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Roman Brinzanik, Tobias Hülswitt

Will we live forever?

This is an interdisciplinary non-fiction book containing 14 interviews with leading scientists, philosophers and artists about the radical extension of healthy human lifespan and the merging of man and technology. It is not science fiction! The interviewees are international experts from 8 different countries, including the French Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Jean-Marie Lehn, the stem cell researcher Hans R. Schöler and the brain researcher Wolf Singer.

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Will We Save The Earth?

Roman Brinzanik and Tobias Hülswitt speak to philosophers and artists about the relationship of mankind, nature and technology and the evolution and function of stories about the downfall and the saving of our earth.

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Ulrich Bröckling

The Entrepreneurial Self

The maxim »act entrepreneurially!« is the categorical imperative of the present. You are not an entrepreneurial self, but you are supposed to become one. And you become one by being creative, flexible, self-reliant, risk-conscious, and customer-oriented in all situations.

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Hauke Brunkhorst

The Two Faces of Europe

The development of the EU is often described as the history of decline: a technocratic monster born from out of a visionary project. With the Euro crisis the hour of a collective Bonapartism seems to have arrived and seems to have taken over the continent through a regime of austerity. Hauke Brunkhorst offers another way of reading this: like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde he shows how vision and technocracy are related, how the EU’s utopian beginnings are still conserved within its laws, and how the European High Court does indeed strengthen citizens’ rights.

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