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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 (2023) 50 (2 (149)): 71–99.
Published: 01 August 2023
... class or reification. However, we should understand totality in a strictly negative sense, as a feature of capitalist coercion to be overcome in a free society. jette.gindner@austin.utexas.edu Copyright © 2023 by New German Critique, Inc. 2023 Critical Theory Frankfurt School Marxism...
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New German Critique (2023) 50 (2 (149)): 49–70.
Published: 01 August 2023
...Rüdiger Campe Georg Lukács’s argument of form and formation is traced from The Theory of the Novel to History and Class Consciousness , especially “Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat.” The concept of form in The Theory of the Novel is compared to the contemporary philosophy...
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New German Critique (2023) 50 (2 (149)): 1–8.
Published: 01 August 2023
... to a legitimization of the socialist dictatorship in the Ostbereich (the East), designed to advocate for an aesthetic “reconciliation under duress” in a political situation that could hardly be reconciled at all. 6 In Negative Dialectics Adorno also attacks Lukács’s category of reification as a remnant...
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New German Critique (2023) 50 (2 (149)): 101–129.
Published: 01 August 2023
... with another social system. Lukács’s insight is of great importance in the age of global ecological crisis. Reification deepens further in the process of the development of capitalism, whose contradiction ultimately manifests itself as “crisis,” as Lukács formulated in the following way...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (1 (136)): 103–126.
Published: 01 February 2019
... 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 writings...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (1 (142)): 71–102.
Published: 01 February 2021
... by eliciting a “shudder,” in Adorno’s terms, in which “mimetic comportment react[s] mimetically to abstractness” as the formal expression of the subject’s progressive reification ( AT , 29). Through this violent interruption of self-sufficient subjectivity, such artistic experience awakens momentary...
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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
..., 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 of “standardization” (from the content of broadcasting Martin Scherzinger  55 to its spatially ubiquitous...
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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
... noemata are abstractions from everything factual. Both are falsely treated as immediate.17 Every noesis and every noema are detached from each other, distinguished and classified like a collection of precious objects. The reification of thinking is registered in Husserl’s image-like characterization...
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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 (2023) 50 (2 (149)): 9–35.
Published: 01 August 2023
... never broke the spell of classical aesthetics.” 8 Even Lukács’s most exemplary work of Marxist theory, History and Class Consciousness , can be read as a top-down, desubjectivized formalism (not limited to its famous theory of reification, which obviously lends itself to a universalizing conception...
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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 (2023) 50 (3 (150)): 175–184.
Published: 01 November 2023
... or reason but critical feeling—sensing—a critical ethical attitude capable of distinguishing between life and death. Following Schopenhauer, a philosophy that pursues life in its ideologically dominant formation in fact privileges death, reification, and the maintenance of the status quo. Indeed...
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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...