Adorno and the Concept of Genocide

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Editors: Ryan Crawford and Erik Vogt
Adorno and the Concept of Genocide examines the legacy of Critical Theory’s foremost authority on life ‘after Auschwitz.’ As a leading member of the Frankfurt School and one of post-war Europe’s most important public intellectuals, Adorno’s reflections on genocide and its relation to contemporary society achieved a level of urgency and insight that remains unparalleled to this day.

Assembled here for the first time in English is a wide-ranging collection of essays on the seminal significance of the concept of genocide for Adorno’s thought, as well as the enduring relevance of that thought for our own time.

Contributors include: Babette Babich, Ryan Crawford, Tom Huhn, Osman Nemli, Ulrich Plass, Erik M. Vogt, James R. Watson, Markus Zöchmeister


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Biographical Note

Ryan Crawford received his M.A. (2010) and Ph.D. (2012) from The State University of New York at Buffalo. He teaches writing and philosophy at Webster University Vienna, and is the author of various essays on contemporary philosophy, aesthetics and literature.

Erik M. Vogt, Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College (CT), received his M.A. (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Vienna. He is the author, most recently, of Aesthetisch-Politische Lektueren zum 'Fall Wagner' (Vienna - Berlin: Turia + Kant, 2015).

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION

BABETTE BABICH
Adorno’s “The Answer is False”: Archaeologies of Genocide

MARKUS ZÖCHMEISTER
Shoah, Critique and the Real: Reading Adorno with Freud and Lacan

ERIK M. VOGT
The “Useless Residue of the Western Idea of Art”: Adorno and Lacoue-Labarthe Concerning Art “After” Auschwitz

OSMAN NEMLI
Adorno, History “After Auschwitz”

RYAN CRAWFORD
Words and Organs

TOM HUHN
Adorno and the Big Chill: The Cold Intimacy of Genocide and Culture Industry

ULRICH PLASS
Expropriated Death: Alienation and Nullification in Adorno’s Minima Moralia

JAMES R. WATSON
Negligible Quantities in the Wrong State of Things Matter

Readership

All interested in the work of Theodor W. Adorno, and anyone concerned with the fields of genocide studies, Continental Philosophy, psychoanalysis and Critical Theory.

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