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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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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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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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Hg.: Ulrich Beck

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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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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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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