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New German Critique (2015) 42 (1 (124)): 223–237.
Published: 01 February 2015
... neoliberalism progress The Contemporaneity of Contemporary Art Juliane Rebentisch It might sound somewhat tautological, but contemporary art is experiencing a boom. There is hardly any city that does not boast of having a contemporary art museum. More...
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New German Critique (2017) 44 (2 (131)): 163–200.
Published: 01 August 2017
... and even Germanic one. It is not only the religion of the German past, Marcus claims, but also, given its faith in the intellect and in progress, the religion of the future. His ideas do not figure in the historiography of Weimar Germany. While many of the new political notions of the future that Weimar...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (1 (133)): 111–154.
Published: 01 February 2018
... of figures in his late essay “Typological Motifs” (1953), the present article argues that the temporality of serial repetition provides a key to understanding the antihistoricist elements of Auerbach’s historiography, which breaks with the messianic logic of progressive fulfillment. Contextualizing...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (2 (143)): 177–204.
Published: 01 August 2021
... of the West (1918, 1922), he sought to make Spengler’s analysis of Weimar Germany’s undemocratic tendencies—“Caesarism”—serve progressive ends. However, Adorno’s essay was not just an effort at “coming to terms with the past” in Adenauerian West Germany. Reading the essay’s original 1941 version together...
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New German Critique (2009) 36 (3 (108)): 39–71.
Published: 01 November 2009
..., and Rading. The Breslau group worked with the new formal language and shared the utopian aspirations and progressive politics considered central to the modern project. The architects embraced new materials, functional and rational approaches to space making, and public housing as a central contemporary...
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New German Critique (2011) 38 (2 (113)): 1–23.
Published: 01 August 2011
... are primarily motivated by his philosophy of history. Hegel accurately sensed the loss of faith in historical progress that Schiller experienced in the wake of the French Revolution; in essays written shortly before Wallenstein appeared, Schiller associates the tragic sublime with humans' ability to act...
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New German Critique (2015) 42 (1 (124)): 99–128.
Published: 01 February 2015
...Christopher Conti Walter Benjamin's great essay on Franz Kafka exemplifies his philosophical praxis, which exhumes the prehistoric substrate of modernity to expose the myth of progress in modernity's claim to epochal legitimacy. Benjamin's physiognomic thinking endows Kafka with the features of his...
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New German Critique (2022) 49 (1 (145)): 97–130.
Published: 01 February 2022
... problems or questions suppressed by modernist progress myths. Through the prism of a minimal anthropology and an application of Blumenberg’s philosophy of history, this article explores those questions and presents criteria for distinguishing between harmless narratives and unrealistic, dangerous myths...
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New German Critique (2022) 49 (1 (145)): 215–224.
Published: 01 February 2022
... of those aspects of humanity that fail to meet their criteria of progress. Originally published as “Ernst Cassirers gedenkend: Rede bei Entgegennahme des Kuno-Fischer-Preises der Universität Heidelberg im Juli 1974,” Revue internationale de philosophie 28, no. 11 (1974): 456–63; from Hans Blumenberg...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (2 (140)): 217–246.
Published: 01 August 2020
... the wreckage of history has not abated, but it seems to have transformed. The ruin of progress continues even as its directional telos, as suggested by Benjamin’s description, has perhaps been replaced by a different form of historicity. Absent the driving force of the storm of progress toward the future...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (1 (136)): 71–101.
Published: 01 February 2019
... by New German Critique, Inc. 2019 critique of modernity idea of progress eschatology philosophy of history Christianity The “postsecularism debate” has dominated various academic fields for over a decade now, and its core issue, the relation between modernity and religion, is still...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (2 (143)): 125–146.
Published: 01 August 2021
..., not least for its reliance on what he considers its naive and linear model of progress. In a letter of March 18, 1936, he writes that Benjamin is mistaken to believe that the auratic element in bourgeois modernism entails a submission to the artwork as a fetish. 6 This belief arises from Benjamin’s...
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New German Critique (2013) 40 (1 (118)): 29–41.
Published: 01 February 2013
... York: Continuum, 1973); MM = Minima Moralia: Reflec­ tions from Damaged Life, trans. E. F. N. Jephcott (London: Verso, 1974); “Portrait” = “A Portrait of Walter Benjamin,” in Prisms, trans. Samuel Weber and Shierry Weber (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1981), 27–242; “Progress” = “Progress...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (1 (136)): 41–70.
Published: 01 February 2019
... history as History understood as a singular entity, an actor in itself, and toward the future: “Counsel is henceforth to be expected, not from the past, but from a future which has to be made.” This is a future into which the possibility of progress has been projected: a future that indeed becomes...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (1 (142)): 71–102.
Published: 01 February 2021
... progress and secular reason—advances a social order increasingly inhospitable to human beings. Humanism’s destructive tendencies are furthermore not limited to bourgeois philosophy—which, as Andrew Feenberg argues, Adorno and his Frankfurt School colleagues were among the first to grasp. 5 Rather...
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New German Critique (2022) 49 (1 (145)): 131–161.
Published: 01 February 2022
... appears as a progressive position in Legitimacy later revealed itself to have been conservative all along, dealing with eternal anthropological constants, not with historical change. Habermas’s verdict is symptomatic of a certain puzzlement in the face of Blumenberg’s oeuvre that results from...
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New German Critique (2013) 40 (1 (118)): 65–92.
Published: 01 February 2013
... progress. The historical materialist attends instead to those people and things that have been left behind or defeated. As Benjamin writes in an enigmatic and beauti- ful passage from his famous essay, “As flowers turn toward the sun, what has been strives to turn— by dint of a secret heliotropism...
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New German Critique (2015) 42 (3 (126)): 69–90.
Published: 01 November 2015
... of finance capitalism.”5 Central to the antifascist myth was the idea that the new progressive German state was the logical, historically necessary result of the struggle of communists and anti- fascists against Nazism and capitalism not only during the Third Reich but also during the Weimar Republic...
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New German Critique (2011) 38 (2 (113)): 159–196.
Published: 01 August 2011
... of Bildung. This argument could come either from a conservative or from a progressive position. In the 1960s Humboldt’s notion of the university becomes a conservative position that blocks inevitable reforms. In light of greater numbers of students and the declining effectiveness of teaching...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (3 (138)): 181–205.
Published: 01 November 2019
...) embeds a history of the Adolf-Grimme-Preis, the most prestigious award for television productions since 1964, in a condensed history of Marl, a small, progressive city of culture and coal, resulting in a cinematic collage of a moment in the history of postwar Germany in which a visionary form...