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The Making and the Marketing of the Philosophische Fragmente: A Note on the Early History of the Dialectic of Enlightenment (Part I)

10 January 2017

Readers of this blog are likely aware that, three years before its publication by Querido Verlag in 1947 , a preliminary version of Dialectic of Enlightenment circulated among...

Images of Enlightenment: The Lamp and the Sun

10 November 2016

This is the time of year when — at least in the northern hemisphere — the days grow shorter and nights grow longer. Since I am prone to a mild case of seasonal affective...

Robbie Wokler, J. G. A. Pocock, and the Hunt for an Eighteenth-Century Usage of “Counter-Enlightenment”

13 October 2016

In 1999, I proposed a panel on the topic “The ‘Enlightenment Project’: What is It?” to the organizers of the upcoming conference of the Northeastern division...

The ”Dialectic of Enlightenment” before Horkheimer and Adorno

3 June 2016

About a month ago I finished teaching classes and began a year long sabbatical. A few weeks later I headed off to Marburg for a conference organized by Sonja Lavaert and Winfried Schröder...