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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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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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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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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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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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Hans Peter Duerr

The Dark Night of the Soul

Near-death experiences and journeys of the soul have been labelled the biggest unsolved mystery of the sciences of consciousness. And indeed: so far, all philosophical, neurological or psychiatric-psychological attempts of explanation have failed.

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Oswald Egger

Discreet Continuity

»A mathematician who is not also to some extent a poet will never be a perfect mathematician.« (Karl Weierstraß, mathematician) Conversely, lyric poet Oswald Egger conducts basic research into the interaction between mathematics and poetry:

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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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Alexander Fischer

Manipulation

In his extremely clearly written book, Alexander Fischer applies himself to a fascinating phenomenon, whose everyday significance can barely be overestimated: Manipulation. He first deals with the subject conceptually, and then embeds it in an action-theoretically way and finally examines its specific psychological manifestations. Fischer closes with the outline of an ethic of manipulation, which teaches a new perspective by means of a critical examination of the paradigmic trio of rationality, freedom and dignity.

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Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

In Praise of Athletic Beauty

There is no more widespread or intense fascination in present-day culture than Sports (both as an active physical practice, and as spectator sports) but, quite astonishingly, the reaction of contemporary literature and of the scholarly world to this phenomenon have been anemic (to say the least).

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Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Our Broad Present

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht’s new book, Our Broad Present, outlines a present of simultaneities, a present that is trapped between a threatening future that can no longer be planned, and a past that overwhelms us.

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Michael Hagner

Private Tutor

October 1903. Bayreuth is the scene of a sensational trial. Andreas Dippold, a 23-year-old law student and private tutor to two brothers, is accused of beating his pupils so violently that one of them died of his injuries. Dippold insists that he was right to discipline his charges, to correct their wicked habit of masturbation.

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Michael Hagner

Homo cerebralis

Few phenomena in the field of life sciences cultivate such a strong fascination as the brain and the way it functions. In his book, Michael Hagner leads through the cultural-historical developments of brain research from Descartes to the present.

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Paul-Philipp Hanske, Benedikt Sarreiter

News from the Other Side

Towards the end of the seventies, Albert Hofmann was deeply disappointed by the fate of the »wonder drug« he discovered: LSD – My Problem Child was the title of the memoir published around that time. While the substance was celebrated as the royal road to discovering the psyche in the sixties, the setback followed soon after: hallucinogenics were widely made illegal as an effect of the »War on Drugs«.

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Thomas Hauschild

Ritual and Violence

In the late 1980s, religiously motivated rituals in Europe were considered a species threatened by extinction. Archaic relics of only folkloristic or entertainment interests which would no longer have any meaning in a globalized and secularized world. Twenty years later, the situation has changed fundamentally.

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Ursula K. Heise

After Nature

The extinction of species from the perspective of cultural science.

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