By Fabian Freyenhagen

Theodor W. Adorno encouraged a lot of Germany’s Nineteen Sixties pupil circulate, yet he got here more and more into clash with this stream in regards to the functional implications of his severe concept. Others – together with his pal and colleague Herbert Marcuse – additionally accused Adorno of a quietism that's politically objectionable and in contradiction together with his personal concept. listed here, I reconstruct, and in part shield, Adorno’s perspectives on conception and (political) praxis in Germany’s Sixties in eleven theses. His usually attacked and maligned stance throughout the Nineteen Sixties is predicated on his research of those historic conditions. positioned provocatively, his stance is composed within the view that individuals within the Nineteen Sixties have attempted to alter the realm, in a number of methods; the purpose – at the moment – was once to interpret it.

This article was once initially conceived as a part of Adorno’s sensible Philosophy and may be regarded as necessary to it.

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In 1907 Paul Jordan, AEG’s managing director, invited Behrens to become chief designer for the Berlin-based electric company. After unveiling Moabit’s massive glass-and-steel turbine building in 1909, Behrens proceeded to design both the interior furnishings and exterior plans for numerous internationally recognized industrial buildings. He always viewed architecture as an extension of art, and his imagination increasingly led him beyond AEG’s vision. In addition to large buildings, he designed small industrial components such as arc lamps, ventilators, electric ovens, and teakettles.

The Weimar era brought him numerous accolades: appointment in 1919 to the Berlin Academy of Arts; receipt in 1924 of the Kleist Prize for Literature; Honorary Membership in the Munich Arts Academy in 1925; and the award in 1933, upon recommendations from Max Liebermann* and Ka¨the Kollwitz,* of the Pour le Me´rite (Peace Class). With Kollwitz and Gerhard Marcks,* he was among Germany’s premier sculptors. A spiritual man who claimed his greatest satisfaction when working in wood, he emulated the medieval masters by completing his illustrations as woodcuts.

By the end of 1924, how- BARTH, EMIL 21 ever, his company was 39 million marks in debt; on 31 December 1924 the Barmat brothers were arrested. The company immediately collapsed. The Barmat trial dragged on until 30 March 1927. While many politicians could justify their dealings with the Barmats during the war-induced famine, others were rightly or wrongly implicated in the firm’s shady dealings. On 25 April 1925 Anton Ho¨fle, a member of the Center Party* and a former Postal Minister, apparently committed suicide while awaiting trial.

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