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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 (2023) 50 (1 (148)): 59–82.
Published: 01 February 2023
...Tom Vandeputte In an unpublished fragment from the late 1930s, Walter Benjamin famously calls for a recasting of the idea of catastrophe and its relation to the progression of history. Catastrophe, Benjamin contends, is not to be understood as an exception to the regular course of history; rather...
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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 (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 (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. Copyright © 2022 by New German Critique, Inc. 2022 neo-Kantianism philosophy of symbolic forms historicism uses of history If you will permit me to steer clear of the obvious—that is, addressing the last recipient...
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New German Critique (2023) 50 (3 (150)): 25–35.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Kristin Dickinson This article reads the final moment of Fatma Aydemir’s 2022 novel, Dschinns , as an instance of heterolingual address, which provides an alternative to the progressive logic of assimilation in both Germany and Turkey and the cyclicality of transgenerational trauma. Opening out...
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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 (2023) 50 (1 (148)): 31–58.
Published: 01 February 2023
... been added to this threat, which persists as the possibility of the total annihilation of humanity. Since World War II the possibility of annihilation has become part of society, and hope for our survival, let alone progress, must tarry with it. Adorno’s thoughts on this threat are complex and linked...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (1 (142)): 71–102.
Published: 01 February 2021
... object through determinate concepts and images and instead becomes like the object, expressing particular truth content that escapes imagistic representation. As Gertrude Koch shows in arguing for Adorno’s relevance to film studies, this aniconic dimension evolves through mimesis’s progressive...
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New German Critique (2023) 50 (1 (148)): 1–29.
Published: 01 February 2023
... that the totalitarian character of Hitler’s program emerged from tendencies latent in the apparent progress of enlightenment reason itself. The book advances a twofold claim. The domination of nature turns back into the domination of human beings, the mastery of the one transmuting into the oppression of the other...
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New German Critique (2022) 49 (1 (145)): 131–161.
Published: 01 February 2022
... of rhetorical technization in what he calls the “paradox of the powerless power.” If technological progress creates a stability between powers internationally, it has domestic effects as well. Any state is now “confronted with the complexity of the problems of a world that is only possible by virtue...