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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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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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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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Petra Dobner

Water Politics

Clean water is a basic requirement for earthly existence. This book makes visible the complex dimensions of the global water crisis, and against the background of theoretical conceptions of securing the common good and possibilities of political control traces the development of basic public infrastructure towards structures of global governance.

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Klaus Dörre, Stephan Lessenich, Hartmut Rosa

Sociology – Capitalism – Criticism

It was once one of the central tasks of sociology to clarify to modern society the social assumptions and consequences of its proneness to crisis. The authors of this collection are committed to this oft-neglected objective and focus on the potential of sociological analyses to make a Zeitdiagnose – a diagnosis of the present.

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Rainer Forst

Contexts of Justice

Contexts of Justice, highly acclaimed when it was published in Germany, provides a significant new intervention into the important debate between communitarianism and liberalism.

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Rainer Forst

Normativity and Power

An analysis of the social rules of justification

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Rainer Forst

The Right to Justification

Contemporary philosophical pluralism recognizes the inevitability and legitimacy of multiple ethical perspectives and values, making it difficult to isolate the higher-order principles on which to base a theory of justice.

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Rainer Forst

Tolerance in Conflict

The concept of toleration plays a central role in pluralistic societies. It designates a stance which permits conflicts over beliefs and practices to persist while at the same time defusing them, because it is based on reasons for coexistence in conflict – that is, in continuing dissension.

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Rainer Forst

Justification and Critique

Rainer Forst develops a critical theory capable of deciphering the deficits and potentials inherent in contemporary political reality. This calls for a perspective which is immanent to social and political practices and at the same time transcends them. Forst regards society as a whole as an »order of justification« comprising complexes of different norms referring to institutions and corresponding practices of justification.

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Günter Frankenberg

Normalizing the State of Exception

In times of crisis, liberal constitutional statecraft must constantly defend itself against the temptation of the state of exception.

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Jürgen Habermas

Ach, Europa

Ach, Europa: only the sighing tone remains. Prompted by a discussion with the German Federal Foreign Minister, Jürgen Habermas develops in his address political alternatives for the continent. He advocates a policy of gradual integration and a »bipolar community« of »old Europe« with the USA.

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Jürgen Habermas

The Divided West

On September 11th 2001, not only did the Twin Towers crash, but so did the unity of the Western World. The policy of the US-government, that pushes the United Nations to the bottom of the wall and stays put with breaking off Europe, has also had ist repercussions in Germany.

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Jürgen Habermas

The Lure of Technocracy

Since 1980, this series of Short Political Writings has collected Jürgen Habermas’s analyses, commentaries and diagnoses of the times. Titles such as The New Obscurity have long since passed into standard usage.

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Jürgen Habermas

On Europe's Constitution

»In the face of a politically unregulated rise in global social complexity which systemically and increasingly restricts the autonomy of the nation state, the normative function of democracy itself requires that political agency be expanded beyond national boundaries.« Jürgen Habermas

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Axel Honneth

The Idea of Socialism

The idea of socialism, which for the past 150 years has provided the normative foundation and historical orientation for the dissatisfaction with the conditions of life under capitalism, seems now to have lost all its power of attraction. Despite growing discontent, it nevertheless seems all but impossible nowadays for anyone to take that idea as a basis for a form of life beyond capitalism.

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Axel Honneth, Nancy Fraser

Redistribution or Recognition

This volume moves the broad debate forward that has been taking place in the framework of political philosophy and has hinged on the concept of recognition and how it relates to theories of justice.

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Uffa Jensen

The Politics of Rage

If we had a device for measuring the intensity of collective feelings, at the moment it would be in the red: in most of our political debates rational arguments and mutual respect have given way to fury, hate, and anxiety.

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Philipp Lepenies

The Power of the Single Number

At first glance, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is but a number, a figure expressed in Dollars, Euros or any other currency. It measures the value of all goods and services that are produced in a country within a given period of time. But GDP is much more than a mere economic statistic. GDP is the most powerful statistical indicator in human history.

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