This group aims to connect people working on critical theory in the Frankfurt School tradition.
Germany today is experiencing the strongest upsurge of right-wing populism since the second world war, most notably with the rise of Pegida and Alternative für Deutschland. Yet wealthy global cities like Hamburg continue to present themselves as the gatekeepers of liberal progress and cosmopolitan openness. This article argues that Hamburg’s ur…[Read more]
Within the context of an increasingly dystopian sense of global crisis, how can the idea of Utopia help us galvanise political literary readings? This special session will present a roundtable discussion in which panelists consider how we can use utopian methods to understand different kinds of literary texts, reflecting upon the importance of the…[Read more]
Few of Arendt’s writings have drawn more criticism from her own supporters than “Reflections on LIttle Rock,” in which she opposes the federally mandated desegregation of schools. I take Arendt’s comments as a way of opening up problems in her conception of the relationship among political storytelling, plurality and judgment. I do this through a…[Read more]
From Charles Taylor to Marcel Gauchet, theorists of the social imaginary have given us new ways
to talk about the shared structures of meanings and practices of the West. Theorists of this group
have argued against the narrow horizons of meaning that are deployed by deliberative political
theories in developing their basic normative concepts…[Read more]
ZéroDécès est un poème numérique inspiré du transhuamnisme. Même que le transhumanisme rende tout possible par l’intermédiaire de la technologie, le poète croit que Dieu est toujours le Tout-Puissant.
Saskia Fischer deposited „Der Wunsch die Augen nicht zu öffnen“ – Kunst, Medialität und Schuld in ‚Die Habenichtse‘. In: Der Deutschunterricht 2 (2019). Verfilmte Gegenwartsliteratur. Hg. Susanne Kaul, S. 46-55. in the group Frankfurt School Critical Theory on Humanities Commons 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Die Terroranschläge vom 11. September 2001 in New York und damit das einschneidende ‚Medienereignis‘ nach der Jahrtausendwende bilden den Ausgangspunkt von Katharina Hackers Roman Die Habenichtse, für den sie 2006 mit dem Deutschen Buchpreis geehrt wurde. Da es sich um einen Text handelt, der stark von digitalen Erzählverfahren inspiriert ist un…[Read more]
In the last decade, there has been an international resurgence of interest in the philosophy of Louis Althusser. New essays, journalism, collections, secondary literature, and even manuscripts by Althusser himself are emerging, speaking in fresh ways to audiences of theorists and activists. Althusser is especially important in educational thought,…[Read more]
There are uses and abuses of class separatism. It draws clear lines of demarcation, helps sort the ideal from the material, and finds issues that cut across a lot of differences. But it gets abused, and the abuse is rooted in its mistake about relations of production. My contention, having done this assessment of class separatism, is that the…[Read more]
Is it worst to be killed by a crazed mob wielding machetes or to die via conveyor belt and filing system? The Better Angels of Our Nature keeps falling victim to the halo effect, creating an aura around reason itself. The question, then, is whether the book should be viewed as a jewel in reason’s crown or as among its costume jewellery.
The idea of a critical theory has colonized the social consciousness of academia, and become an integral part of the pursuit of higher knowledge. Competing ideas have thereby become standard bearers in that critical theory acts as a measure of true understanding . The only problem, however, is that many of the distinct theories similarly answering…[Read more]
Ben Streeter deposited Book Review: Miniature Metropolis: Literature in an Age of Photography and Film (Andreas Huyssen) in the group Frankfurt School Critical Theory on Humanities Commons 10 months, 1 week ago
Book Review: Miniature Metropolis: Literature in an Age of Photography and Film (Andreas Huyssen)
In a recent essay in Rethinking Marxism, as part of a special issue on the legacy of Louis Althusser’s thinking,
Tyson E. Lewis takes up Althusser’s thinking on schooling, trade unionism, and seminars to delimit the concepts of
interpellation, counterinterpellation, and disinterpellation respectively. While Lewis’s work is a crucial first step…[Read more]
Rebecca Ruth Gould deposited “Laws, Exceptions, Norms: Kierkegaard, Schmitt, and Benjamin on the Exception,” Telos: A Quarterly Journal of Politics, Philosophy, Critical Theory, Culture, and the Arts 162 (2013): 77–96. in the group Frankfurt School Critical Theory on Humanities Commons 1 year, 2 months ago
The concept of the exception has heavily shaped modern political theory. In modernity, Kierkegaard was one of the first philosophers to propound the exception as a facilitator of metaphysical transcendence. Merging Kierkegaard’s metaphysical exception with early modern political theorist Jean Bodin’s theory of sovereignty, Carl Schmitt int…[Read more]
Michael Miller deposited Abraham Abulafia’s Mystical Theology of the Divine Name and its Philosophical Revision in Walter Benjamin in the group Frankfurt School Critical Theory on Humanities Commons 1 year, 4 months ago
The thirteenth century kabbalist Abraham Abulafia held Hebrew to be the divine language, designed by God as an ontological aspect of reality. Through meditating on and deconstructing names into their letters, one could then engage in the process of reunifying reality into the primordial Name of God, the Tetragrammaton. This paper offers an…[Read more]
How do we learn the link between speech and money? What is the process of formation that
legitimates the logic whereby speech is equivalent to money? What are the experiences, events, and subjectivities
that render the connection between currency and speaking/listening intuitive? As educators and researchers,
what do we do and say to shore up…[Read more]
Eine gerechte Verteilung von Gütern reicht nicht aus, um eine Gesellschaft gerecht zu machen. Gerechtigkeitstheorien müssen auch die sozialen Beziehungen in den Blick nehmen: Wirkliche soziale Gerechtigkeit herrscht erst, wenn es Institutionen gibt, die uns die Chance einräumen, soziale Anerkennung zu erfahren.
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