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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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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

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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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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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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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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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Skirmishes and Scholia

They remained unpublished for decades: Hans Magnus Enzensberger's Frankfurt lectures on poetry from the winter semester of 1964/65. Using these extensive texts, Enzensberger's writings on literature spanning half a century have been assembled for the first time into one volume.

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Amir Eshel

Futurity

When looking at how trauma is represented in literature and the arts, we tend to focus on the weight of the past. In this book, Amir Eshel suggests that this retrospective gaze has trapped us in a search for reason in the madness of the twentieth century’s catastrophes at the expense of literature’s prospective vision. 

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Durs Grünbein

The Cartesian Diver

René Descartes’ most ambitious project was his expansive oeuvre Le Monde. His intention: to weave all the divided strands of knowledge into a fabric that is so dense that it allows you to explain everything under the sun.

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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

After 1945

How we have become what we are - A journey through time that sheds light on our present day

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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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Ursula K. Heise

After Nature

The extinction of species from the perspective of cultural science.

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Eva Illouz

Hard-Core Romance

E.L. James’ BDSM trilogy Shades of Grey was an enormous success worldwide, particularly with women. But why? Because of the allegedly pornographic content? Because it was backed by a cleverly formulated marketing strategy?

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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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Reinhart Koselleck

Concepts

At the heart of Reinhart Koselleck’s thought stands the history of concepts, the paradigm of which he, the »thinking historian«, as Hans-Georg Gadamer once called him, decisively helped create and used as the foundations for the major encyclopedia of Geschichtlichen Grundbegriffe which he co-edited.

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