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The Source List for the 1790 Table of Usages of the Term “Aufklärung”

6 August 2017

What follows is the “List of Examples” that appears at the start of Part II of the “Kritischer Versuch über das Wort Aufklärung (Beschluss),” Deutsche...

The Word “Enlightenment”: A German Table of Usages from 179

6 August 2017

Discussion of  German attempts to answer the question “what is enlightenment?” have tended to focus on the debate launched in the pages of the Berlinische Monatsschrift by...

The Making and the Marketing of the Philosophische Fragmente (Part II)

27 July 2017

The first installment of my investigation into the making and marketing of the Philosophische Fragmente — the preliminary version of Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of...

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...