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New German Critique (2010) 37 (3 (111)): 97–130.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Richard Westerman Georg Lukács's concept of reification is celebrated for its account of how capitalist society affects individual subjectivity. However, even its admirers have rejected the way that Lukács uses this idea to argue that the proletariat can develop a revolutionary class...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (2 (134)): 67–98.
Published: 01 August 2018
... animated objects into their narrative worlds. Inspired by cinema, these literary animations trace out complex social relations among humans and things and challenge the powers of reification that Theodor W. Adorno and others more typically identify with Odradek and related figures in Kafka’s writings...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (2 (140)): 107–138.
Published: 01 August 2020
... of reification, which is defended against Honneth’s definition of this concept. Based on an interpretation of passages in Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment and Adorno’s notion of “working through the past,” the article claims that reification should be understood as a forgetting...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (3 (135)): 175–203.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Richard Westerman Abstract Interpretations of Georg Lukács’s theory of reification and consciousness have typically assumed that Lukács relies on an essentialized notion of subjectivity that can be restored by dereification. This article argues instead that he treats subjectivity as a formally...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (3 (129)): 5–26.
Published: 01 November 2016
... a characteristically dialectical response to nominalism, applauding its subversion of categorical reifications, but alarmed by its indiscriminate leveling of the distinction between concept and object, which could also efface the distinction between works of art and everyday objects. In musical terms, he appreciated...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (1 (136)): 103–126.
Published: 01 February 2019
... of Fromm’s and Adorno’s specific uses of Marx. The theme of reification and the related concern with consciousness that Lukács explicitly brought back to Marxist thought is evident in both Fromm and Adorno, even if it is actualized along different paths. The term reification is notably absent from Fromm’s...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (1 (142)): 71–102.
Published: 01 February 2021
... of anthropological thinking, second- and third-generation critical theorists have reestablished the first generation’s critique of philosophies of progress on anthropological grounds. Axel Honneth’s recent work on reification, for example, develops Adorno’s notion of mimesis into an anthropological claim...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (2 (143)): 125–146.
Published: 01 August 2021
... that implies both liberation and capitulation. Adorno is even willing to entertain the thought that the aura signifies something like the “good” moment in reification, or Verdinglichung , a proposal that would have struck a Marxist theorist of reification such as Georg Lukács as anathema. Reification...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (3 (129)): 53–72.
Published: 01 November 2016
... the technical conditions of radio trans- mission, and the second, the complex contradictions between radio’s enhanced immediacy and presence, on the one hand, and its reproduction and reification, on the other. The first set of observations includes extended discussions of music’s various modes...
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New German Critique (2013) 40 (1 (118)): 29–41.
Published: 01 February 2013
.... They are born of reification and its divisions. As it turns out, gnosticism’s truth is obscured by its tendency to fall for the chief optical illu- sion of Verdinglichkeit, the notion that second nature is in fact all there is of nature. Freed from this illusion, gnosticism’s protest becomes valid...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (3 (129)): 91–112.
Published: 01 November 2016
... and classified like a collection of precious objects. The reification of thinking is registered in Husserl’s image-like characterization of the philosophy of consciousness. Adorno charges Husserl with “interpret[ing] thinking not as action but as looking at things, that is, quietly facing them like...
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New German Critique (2006) 33 (1 (97)): 137–158.
Published: 01 February 2006
... as a metanarrative of forgetting and, by extension, reification, insofar as philosophy has translated the “non- identical” into a static, representational relation between subject and object.15 There is, of course, a third alternative: the one presented by the author of the Philosophical Investigations...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (2 (122)): 14–16.
Published: 01 August 2014
... encounter with complex disjunctive and nonlinear temporalities, where the present is experienced as discontinuous and open to the future, and forces of reification are countered dynamically with “play.” This subject is also buffeted by contradictory and countervailing forces: alienation...
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New German Critique (2006) 33 (1 (97)): 15–30.
Published: 01 February 2006
... . . . it stands out in the unending mumble of the liturgy of inwardness” (70). In this liturgy lurks the ideology of subjective “mineness,” “the decision in which the individual subject chooses itself as its own possession. The subject, the con- cept of which was once created in contrast to reification, thus...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (3 (135)): 1–38.
Published: 01 November 2018
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (2 (140)): 217–246.
Published: 01 August 2020
... to ground its critique of progress as a reification of history. It is tempting to look to Benjamin’s own writings on art and aesthetics to analyze the figure of the angel of history as a mediation of the Angelus Novus . Benjamin’s “Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility” suggests...
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New German Critique (2017) 44 (3 (132)): 225–240.
Published: 01 November 2017
... theory of reification to obliterate the bourgeoisie.13 Contrary to this evaluation, however, the report concluded: “Most people left with a general feeling that a conference dealing with theoretical problems might be a good idea! After creeping down the runway for four days, the owl...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (2 (143)): 43–61.
Published: 01 August 2021
... ]—is their spirit. It makes artworks, things among other things, something other than thing. Indeed, artworks are only able to become other than thing by becoming a thing, though not through their localization in space and time but only by an immanent process of reification that makes them self-same, self-identical...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (1 (127)): 59–89.
Published: 01 February 2016
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New German Critique (2006) 33 (1 (97)): 179–190.
Published: 01 February 2006
...). The “moral” that the mature Adorno draws from the abiding musical happiness of childhood is that eccentricity is necessary for reason; as though reason, for the sake of its own concept and in order to resist its own reification and not to condemn itself to impotence before reality, must push itself...