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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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Georg Baselitz, Alexander Kluge

World-changing Rage

Rage and obstinacy are closely related. In the work of Georg Baselitz and Alexander Kluge they are fundamental categories. Rage is dynamic: it can grow and suddenly erupt into flaming protests, revolts, revolutions, and war. Within the figure of the hero its energies are concentrated. In this book Georg Baselitz and Alexander Kluge compare the melancholically inclined figure of the occidental hero (and its deconstruction) to the very different ethos of the Japanese hero, the »Antipodean«.

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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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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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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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Diedrich Diederichsen

Bodily Impacts

It’s only since the 1960s that the arts are dedicating themselves deliberately to technical recordings of sounds and images. Where there had only been slapstick and surrealism before, genres now pop up in great numbers. All the while, art criticism that still tries to divide films of the nouvelle vague, Cinema vérité, punk, hip-hop, heavy metal and minimalism, Fluxus, performance art, pop art, nouveau réalisme, Arte Povera, soul music and concept art along the lines of mere entertainment and serious art – dividing them into categories of either fine or popular art forms – proves itself to be stolid

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Didier Fassin

Life

Since antiquity, life, in Adorno’s words, has been the true field of philosophy asking about what the right and good life was. For a little more than a century, however, life has also become a subject of the social sciences. The renowned French physician, anthropologist, and sociologist Didier Fassin proposes a critical dialogue between philosophy and social research.

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Daniel Martin Feige

Computer Games

Ever since the beginning of the new millennium, the computer game has enforced itself as a relevant aesthetic medium in our society. Its recognition as an aesthetic and artistic phenomenon, however, raises the question of its corresponding characteristics.

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Daniel Martin Feige

Design

Whether furniture, hoardings, websites, clothing, pictograms, cars, or urban spaces: design is omnipresent. Only in philosophy has it up until now not received (almost) any consideration.

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Daniel Martin Feige

A Philosophy of Jazz

What is jazz? How does it differ from other types of music? And in how far does it constitute a compelling object for the study of aesthetic questions? This volume represents the first comprehensive philosophical investigation of jazz.

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Erika Fischer-Lichte

The Transformative Power of Performance

»In this book, Erika Fischer-Lichte traces the emergence of performance as »an art event« in its own right. In setting performance art on an equal footing with the traditional art object, she heralds a new aesthetics.

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Friedrich A. Kittler

The Truth of the Technological World

Few German scholars in the past 50 years have had such a lasting impact on the cultural situation of our time, including its academic institutions, as Friedrich Kittler. It is in large part due to his writings that the radio, the gramophone, and the computer are not just objects of cultural fascination, but also of philosophical reflection.

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Gertrud Koch

The Return of Illusion

The aesthetics of illusion is dismissed towards the end of the 19th century, but at the same time, the medium of film lets it return by the back door. That way, the aesthetic practices of illusion are re-imported to other arts: on opera and theatre stages, in galleries and museums people experiment with new ways of incorporating film and video.

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Niklas Luhmann

A Systems Theory of Society

»Theme: theory of society; duration: 30 years; costs: none« – so ran Niklas Luhman’s infamous answer at the end of the 1960s in regard to his research project. The schedule was kept: in 1997 The Society of Society, Luhmann’s magnum opus and the key element of the project, was published.

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Christoph Menke

The Power of Art

Art has never been so visible, present and malleable as it is today, and at the same time it has also never been part of such a sheer number of social processes: art is a commodity, a conversation, an opinion, an awareness, an act. The societal omnipresence of art accompanies the increasing lack of that we might call aesthetic power.

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Christoph Menke

The Sovereignty of Art

Adorno’s and Derrida’s theories of aesthetics center around art’s claim to sovereignty: art transcends the differentiated construct of modern reason by being a moment simultaneously next to and among others. The newer hermeneutic aesthetics in particular have seen the betrayal of art’s autonomy and its equation with a superior insight into the constitution of reason in the proclamation of aesthetic sovereignty because of that.

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Winfried Menninghaus

The Promise of Beauty

What is the secret of beauty? What is its power, its perception, its premise, its promise? The power of beauty comes from the lure of a promise embedded in its perception. But a promise is not yet the redeem of what it has announced.

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