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180117 SE The Frankfurt School (2017S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

The seminar will provide an introductory survey of the thoughts and ideas associated with The Frankfurt School, one of the most important philosophical movements in the 20th century. It will discuss writings by central members of the Frankfurt School addressing not only philosophical questions, but also political, economic, sociological, psychoanalytic, and aesthetic issues; it will consist of presentations and class discussions. All texts to be discussed will be made available in form of a a reader.
The seminar participants will discuss and examine closely the following seminal texts by members of the Frankfurt School: May 15: Max Horkheimer, The State of Contemporary Social Philosophy and the Task of an Institute for Social Research; Herbert Marcuse, Philosophy and Critical Theory; May 16: Max Horkheimer, The Jews and Europe; Frederick Pollock, State Capitalism; Herbert Marcuse, From Ontology to Technology; May 29: Erich Fromm,Psychoanalysis and Society; Erich Fromm, Politics and Psychoanalysis, Erich Fromm, The Crisis of Psychoanalysis; Herbert Marcuse, The Obsolescence of the Freudian Concept of Man; May 30: Leo Lowenthal, On Sociology of Literature; Leo Lowenthal, Historical Perspectives on Popular Culture; Walter Benjamin, Surrealism; June 12: Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Technological Reproducibility; Theodor W. Adorno, The Culture Industry Reconsidered; Theodor W. Adorno, Perennial Fashion - Jazz; June 13: Theodor W. Adorno, Society; Herbert Marcuse, Liberation from the Affluent Society; Herbert Marcuse, The Reification of the Proletariat.

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Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The seminar will be held in 6 blocks for 4 hours each.

Thursday 16.03. 16:00 - 17:00 Hörsaal 3E NIG 3.Stock
Monday 15.05. 08:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 16.05. 08:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal 3E NIG 3.Stock
Monday 29.05. 08:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 30.05. 08:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal 3E NIG 3.Stock
Monday 12.06. 08:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 13.06. 08:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal 3E NIG 3.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar will introduce students to the wealth of thoughts and ideas associated with The Frankfurt School, one of the most significant philosophical movements in the 20th century. Emphasis will put on the interdisciplinary orientation of its members by addressing not only philosophical issues, but also political, economic, sociological, psychoanalytic, and aesthetic questions. As to the didactics of the seminar, it will consist of presentations and class discussions. All texts to be discussed will be made available in form of a a reader. The seminar will present a survey of writings by central members of the Frankfurt School.
The seminar participants will examine closely the following seminal texts by members of the Frankfurt School: May 15: Max Horkheimer, The State of Contemporary Social Philosophy and the Task of an Institute for Social Research; Herbert Marcuse, Philosophy and Critical Theory; May 16: Max Horkheimer, The Jews and Europe; Frederick Pollock, State Capitalism; Herbert Marcuse, From Ontology to Technology; May 29: Erich Fromm, Psychoanalysis and Society; Erich Fromm, Politics and Psychoanalysis, Erich Fromm, The Crisis of Psychoanalysis;Herbert Marcuse, The Obsolescence of the Freudian Concept of Man; May 30: Leo Lowenthal, On Sociology of Literature; Leo Lowenthal, Historical Perspectives on Popular Culture; Walter Benjamin, Surrealism; June 12: Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Technological Reproducibility; Theodor W. Adorno, The Culture Industry Reconsidered; Theodor W. Adorno, Perennial Fashion - Jazz; June 13: Theodor W. Adorno, Society; Herbert Marcuse, Liberation from the Affluent Society; Herbert Marcuse, The Reification of the Proletariat.

Assessment and permitted materials

In order to receive a grade for the seminar, either a presentation has to be given (30-35 minutes; the presentation has to be elaborated and submitted in written form) or a paper has to be written (20 pages; 1 1/2 spaces). Presentations to be chosen during the preliminary meeting on March 16th! The topic of the paper can be determined in consultation with the instructor.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The seminar will employ close readings; it will provide students with the opportunity to hone their presentation and writing skills.

Examination topics

The seminar will consist of presentation and class discussions.

Reading list

The seminar participants will examine closely the following seminal texts by members of the Frankfurt School: Max Horkheimer, The State of Contemporary Social Philosophy and the Task of an Institute for Social Research; Herbert Marcuse, Philosophy and Critical Theory; Max Horkheimer, The Jews and Europe; Frederick Pollock, State Capitalism; Herbert Marcuse, From Ontology to Technology; Erich Fromm, Psychoanalysis and Society; Erich Fromm, Politics and Psychoanalysis, Erich Fromm, The Crisis of Psychoanalysis; Herbert Marcuse, The Obsolescence of the Freudian Concept of Man; Leo Lowenthal, On Sociology of Literature; Leo Lowenthal, Historical Perspectives on Popular Culture; Walter Benjamin, Surrealism; Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Technological Reproducibility; Theodor W. Adorno, The Culture Industry Reconsidered; Theodor W. Adorno, Perennial Fashion - Jazz; Theodor W. Adorno, Society; Herbert Marcuse, Liberation from the Affluent Society; Herbert Marcuse, The Reification of the Proletariat.
Recommended Secondary Literature: Martin Jay, The Dialectical Imagination; Rolf Wiggershaus, The Frankfurt School;

Association in the course directory

MA M2 Praxis - Gesellschaft - Kultur
MA Ethik M02 A, D, E
UF MA PP 02B Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie

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