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New German Critique (2021) 48 (3 (144)): 1–30.
Published: 01 November 2021
... Lohmann regard Horkheimer’s later critique of instrumental reason as engaging in a totalizing critique that undermines its own foundations, which raises once again the question of the precise role metaphysics plays not only in Horkheimer’s work but also in critique generally. In his essay “The Failure...
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New German Critique (2022) 49 (2 (146)): 1–14.
Published: 01 August 2022
...Axel Honneth; Alex Englander This article asks what it means to claim that secular reason is “postmetaphysical” and differentiates among understandings of that notion in Jürgen Habermas’s work. The article considers what secular reason would have to achieve to make good on the claim that it still...
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New German Critique (2007) 34 (1 (100)): 47–76.
Published: 01 February 2007
...James Schmidt New German Critique, Inc. 2007 The Eclipse of Reason and the End of the Frankfurt School in America James Schmidt On May 22, 1947, Leo Lowenthal stepped out of an elevator on the sixth fl oor of the New York offi ce...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (1 (136)): 71–101.
Published: 01 February 2019
... not derive from or depend on his account of “secularization.” Rather, it relies on an ideal-typical conception of “pure faith” and “pure reason,” two idealized ahistorical norms of which modern thought falls short, according to Löwith. Thus Löwith is misrepresented as a “secularization theorist...
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New German Critique (2009) 36 (1 (106)): 35–60.
Published: 01 February 2009
... apparent contradictions between Arendt's Eichmann book and her political philosophy: one reason lies in her historiographical approach, which shifts back and forth between the metaphysical and the empirical. The article uncovers Arendt's motivation for such a seemingly contradictory movement from a purely...
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New German Critique (2008) 35 (3 (105)): 57–69.
Published: 01 November 2008
... then to the question of whether Benjamin in fact refers to the second letter to the Corinthians or whether there are not good reasons to assume that Benjamin is closer to Cohen's thought of the messianic power of weakness than to Paul's heroic suffering. New German Critique, Inc. 2008 Translated by Catharine...
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New German Critique (2009) 36 (3 (108)): 1–38.
Published: 01 November 2009
...). Having abandoned his country neither for political nor for racist reasons and having been commissioned for numerous projects in the Third Reich, Bonatz can hardly be integrated into the context of German émigré architects of the Nazi times. The dilemma increases with the problem of pigeonholing his...
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New German Critique (2009) 36 (3 (108)): 109–131.
Published: 01 November 2009
...William Rasch Recent polemical and philosophical claims about modern, secular, liberal, enlightened Europe are examined from the perspective of Europe's relation, past and present, to the non-European world. The notion that Enlightenment reason and liberal institutions represent a higher level...
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New German Critique (2011) 38 (3 (114)): 51–62.
Published: 01 November 2011
... Nazism, pathologized as monomania, and analogized to political leaders ranging from Osama bin Laden to George W. Bush. But there is another reason to connect Ahab and charisma that has never been mentioned: when Ahab is described as a charismatic type and, vice versa, when the “Ahab-type” is used...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (2 (140)): 81–106.
Published: 01 August 2020
... theoretical perspective on political phenomena. In the context of the Frankfurt School, Kirchheimer’s works present a countermodel to the interpretation of modern mass democracy as an integrative regime of instrumental reason. He refused to accept such a global interpretation. In his work at the Institute...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (1 (142)): 125–152.
Published: 01 February 2021
... the political emotions, dispositions, and identifications that can properly be called populist. In the larger context of worker’s literature, conservative revolution, and völkisch thought, the Nazi discourse of workerdom not only confirms the close connection between political emotion and populist (un)reason...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (3 (141)): 141–178.
Published: 01 November 2020
... “death” and more recent transdisciplinary retheorizations of agency. The article finally looks to reflections on materiality in another field, art history, to clarify the reasons that integrating materiality into interpretative criticism remains so difficult, so that the field might begin to move beyond...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (1 (121)): 93–120.
Published: 01 February 2014
... of this essay can be explained only when more substantial works of Benjamin are taken into account. Benjamin's contemporaneous essay “Goethe's Elective Affinities ” is used to elucidate the reasoning behind his view that divine violence provides an escape from myth's forces of totalization. Recent scholarship...
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New German Critique (2017) 44 (3 (132)): 145–165.
Published: 01 November 2017
...-political language. Mitscherlich was also an effective public intellectual, serving as “the conscience of the nation,” a “gentle repentance-preacher.” Precisely what worked so well in the West German context was, however, anathema in America. This article explores the reasons for the depoliticized version...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (3 (135)): 1–38.
Published: 01 November 2018
... in character, nonetheless pointed beyond capitalism. Despite their differences, all three offer versions of the same line of reasoning, an understanding about architectural space as a critique of those parts of society that appear to be constituted abstractly and a celebration of those parts of society...
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New German Critique (2008) 35 (2 (104)): 207–227.
Published: 01 August 2008
... Socialism from 1933 to 1945 are important topics for historians of ideas who endeavor to unravel causes and reasons for exactly this political development. Different philoso- phers have tried to explain the rule of National Socialism as a kind of retreat into a mythical worldview. For example...
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New German Critique (2006) 33 (1 (97)): 179–190.
Published: 01 February 2006
..., that the injustice of the accuser is the only prin- ciple of sexual ethics.4 A letter to Max Horkheimer reads: “I have grounds to believe that things are going very badly for him [the classicist Cecil Maurice Bowra]. . . . It appears that the professorship has been withheld from him for sinister reasons...
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New German Critique (2006) 33 (1 (97)): 31–52.
Published: 01 February 2006
... no concrete policy proposals or action-oriented political recommendations, he has been building a reflective critique of atemporal reason, and hence he has been providing immanently good reasons for us to transform our usual habits of thought and action. The demand to arrange our thoughts and actions...
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New German Critique (2006) 33 (1 (97)): 159–178.
Published: 01 February 2006
.... The structural model by which Adorno seeks to reveal the always already suppressed ele- ment is most starkly laid out in his Negative Dialectics, in which he seeks to come to terms with the antagonisms of history and philosophy. For this reason, as the title suggests, he examines the antago­ nism...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (2 (140)): 139–167.
Published: 01 August 2020
... of nature, and because it represses the object’s materiality. 1 I define materiality as the dimension of particularity that expresses the object’s history of suffering. As materiality, an object’s particularity is refracted because the object expresses and recalls its own past—that is, reason’s mastery...