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Theodor W. Adorno

Aspects of Contemporary Right-Wing Radicalism

On 6 April 1967 Theodor W. Adorno gave a lecture at the University of Vienna as a guest of the Socialist Students of Austria, a lecture which, from today’s point of view, is not only of historical interest. Against the backdrop of the rise of the NPD, which in the first two years after its founding in November 1964 had already seen surprising success at the polls, Adorno analyses the goals, resources, and tactics of the new right-wing radicalism of his time. Contrasting it with »old« Nazi-Fascism, he gives a close examination of the reasons for which extreme right-wing movements were finding a positive reception – 20 years after the end of the war – in segments of the population of the Federal Republic.

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Theodor W. Adorno

Beethoven

Beethoven is a classic study of the composer's music, written by one of the most important thinkers of our time. Throughout his life, Adorno wrote extensive notes, essay fragments and aides-memoires on the subject of Beethoven's music. This book brings together all of Beethoven's music in relation to the society in which he lived.

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Theodor W. Adorno

Remarks on ›The Authoritarian Personality‹ and Other Texts

In 1948 Theodor W. Adorno wrote a text on the authoritarian personality which remained unpublished until today and that is not so much a retrospective look at the barbarism of the Nazis but first and foremost and more generally a reflection on the individual in late capitalism that is forced into immaturity but that also seems to choose it. He discusses the dialectics of Enlightenment and the significance of antisemitism for Critical Theory with particular intensity – issues, that is, that have not lost any of their topicality in light of the current crisis of the political. Next to the »Remarks«, published for the first time, this volume contains further key texts on the authoritarian personality and on public opinion. The introduction and the afterword by the editor explain the context of their creation and draw connections to current debates.

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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

Minima Moralia

»A reflection on everyday existence in the ›sphere of consumption of late Capitalism‹, this work is Adorno's literary and philosophical masterpiece.« (book description from the English edition by Verso)

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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

Posthumous Writings. Section V: Lectures and Conversations

When Theodor W. Adorno returned to Germany from his American exile in 1949, he not only resumed his teaching and research at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Institute for Social Research, but he also quickly established a reputation as a public intellectual. Adorno’s considerable influence on the debates of the post-war period was also due to his lectures given outside the context of the university in which he pointedly spoke about different societal developments.

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Theodor W. Adorno

Philosophy of Modern Music

Created between 1940 and 1948 while Adorno was in exile in the United States, elements of a dialectic of the contemporary mind are developed by way of a concrete object in Philosophy of Modern Music: Adorno wanted the book to be understood as an expanded digression on Dialectic of Enlightenment, which Max Horkheimer and Adorno had recently published in Amsterdam.

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Valentin Beck

A Theory of Global Responsibility

At the beginning of the 21st century, still a large part of the global population is living in abject poverty. This leads to the burning question of what the citizens of wealthy countries owe desperately poor people from a moral point of view.

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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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Ernst Bloch

The Spirit of Utopia

In the summer of 1918 the world is knee-deep in blood: the war has already claimed millions of victims, the Spanish influenza is spreading, in Russia the revolution is turning into a civil war. The old order of Europe is teetering and about to fall. A whole generation – the Generation Y of the last century – is standing on its shattered remains and gazing into an uncertain future.

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Hans Blumenberg

Work on Myth

In this rich examination of how we inherit and transform myths, Hans Blumenberg continues his study of the philosophical roots of the modern world. Work on Myth is in five parts. The first two analyze the characteristics of myth and the stages in the West's work on myth, including long discussions of such authors as Freud, Joyce, Cassirer, and Valéry. The latter three parts present a comprehensive account of the history of the Prometheus myth, from Hesiod and Aeschylus to Gide and Kafka. This section includes a detailed analysis of Goethe's lifelong confrontation with the Prometheus myth, which is a unique synthesis of "psychobiography" and history of ideas. (book description from the English edition by The MIT Press)

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Hans Blumenberg

Description of Man

In Blumenberg’s new standard work, reflection takes human visibility as its starting point and thus enables a focus on the body and on consciousness. In this »description of man«, phenomenology also clarifies the conditions for its own existence as a discipline.

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Hans Blumenberg

Geistesgeschichte der Technik

Hans Blumenberg’s estate includes a folder with the abbreviation »GT«, which contains several shorter publications on the intellectual history of technology. On a few pages and in his customary pithy style Blumenberg expounds on what such an intellectual history – as opposed, say, to the usual history of technology – might look like.

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Hans Blumenberg

The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

In this major work, Blumenberg takes issue with Karl Löwith's well-known thesis that the idea of progress is a secularized version of Christian eschatology, which promises a dramatic intervention that will consummate the history of the world from outside.

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Hans Blumenberg

Lions

For distinguished philosopher Hans Blumenberg, lions were a life-long obsession. Lions, translated by Kári Driscoll, collects thirty-two of Blumenberg’s philosophical vignettes to reveal that the figure of the lion unites two of his other great preoccupations: metaphors and anecdotes as non-philosophical forms of knowledge.

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Hans Blumenberg

The Man from the Moon

This volume brings together the largely unpublished essays and commentaries on Jünger from the philosopher’s estate – complete with a short editorial commentary.

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Hans Blumenberg

The Naked Truth

Since the early modern period and the Enlightenment divine privilege was meant to be democraticised by the unconditional possession of truth. The revelation of truth was also a theme of the critique of domination. In this late posthumous text, Hans Blumenberg explores the motif of the naked truth through the history of philosophy, but with enhanced awareness for the costs of this act of revelation. Nitzsche, the defender of rhetoric, and Freud, who had pursued the development of his theory without considering the wellbeing of individual patients, are the central antipodes for Blumenberg here.

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Hans Blumenberg

Phenomenological Writings 1981-1988

On the 27th of April 1988, the 50th anniversary of the death of Edmund Husserl, Hans Blumenberg noted: »The century now rushing towards its end will be regarded with hindsight by philosophy-historians as the ‘century’ of Phenomenology.« This prognosis is also an indicator of his own philosophical legacy: a phenomenological anthropology as developed by Blumenberg throughout his lifelong debate with the philosophy of Husserl. A highly productive phase of this debate dates back to the beginning of the 1980s after Blumenberg had completed his major studies of metaphor and myth and had began to devote himself intensely to anthropological questions.

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Hans Blumenberg

Prefiguration

In response to a review of his important monograph, Work on Myth, on 20 July 1980 Hans Blumenberg wrote a letter to his reviewer, Götz Müller: »I always find it very difficult to respond to reviews. It is always too late. But I feel that you have put your finger on something. There is indeed a chapter missing from the book, which was part of the manuscript, but which had completely spoiled my taste for the rest of the book. So I withheld it. People are free to do with it as they please, once I am gone.«

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