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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In 1948 Theodor W. Adorno wrote a text on the authoritarian personality which remained unpublished until today and that is not so much a retrospective look at the barbarism of the Nazis but first and foremost and more generally a reflection on the individual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

Hegel

This short masterwork in twentieth-century philosophy provides both a major reinterpretation of Hegel and insight into the evolution of Adorno's critical theory. The first study focuses on the relationship of reason, the individual, and society in Hegel, defending him against the criticism that he was merely an apologist for bourgeois society. The second study examines the experiential content of Hegel's idealism, considering the notion of experience in relation to immediacy, empirical reality, science, and society. The third study, »Skoteinos«, is an unusual and fascinating essay in which Adorno lays out his thoughts on understanding Hegel.

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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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Theodor W. Adorno

Philosophical Terminology

»When I contend that it is justified to give an introduction to philosophy as an introduction to terminology, I am guided my an aspect that is probably not unfamiliar to many of you and that, apart from this, is emphasised in various fields of contemporary philosophical thought. Its language is essential to philosophy, philosophical problems are largely problems of its language and the detachment of language from the object, which you find in the so-called positive sciences, does not apply to philosophy in the same way.« (Theodor W. Adorno)

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Theodor W. Adorno

Philosophical Terminology

In regard to its content, Philosophical Terminology is an introduction to an engagement with philosophy in general as a reflective and simultaneously relevant behaviour. Through the shape of a lecture, contemporary readers can get a sense of how directly Adorno addressed his listeners, how he was constantly striving to apply theoretical deliberations to his and their experiences. The reader is guided towards the thinking that develops along the important terms, authors and figures of the history of philosophy without any false simplification and in a vivid and easily accessible manner.

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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 of the English edition by The MIT Press)

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Hans Blumenberg

Contributions to the Problem of the Originality of the Medieval-Scholastic Ontology

In 1947, Hans Blumenberg from Bargteheide in Holstein submits his doctoral thesis entitled »Contributions to the Problem of the Originality of the Medieval-Scholastic Ontology« and written under the most difficult personal circumstances to the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel.

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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

The Legibility of the World

With The Legibility of the World, Hans Blumenberg presents another piece to further elaborate his Metaphorology following Shipwreck with Spectator and thus provides another building block for his Theory of Nonconceptuality, which he outlined in the final part of Shipwreck with Spectator.

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