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Extract from ‘The Unknown Marx’ by Martin Nicolaus

When he assessed his intellectual career in 1859, Karl Marx condemned to de- served obscurity all of his previous works but four. The Poverty of Philosophy (1847) first set forth the decisive points of his scientific views, although in polemical … Continue reading

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Walter Benjamin’s Journals

  Emmanuel Alloa has an interesting article in Boundary 2 which treats various articulations of community and literary community through the journal projects of Novalis, Benjamin, and Blanchot. Emmanuel Alloa, ‘The Inorganic Community: Hypotheses on Literary Communism in Novalis, Benjamin, … Continue reading

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Neither Heroes Nor Villains

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Pierre Klossowski on Walter Benjamin, the College of Sociology and ‘prefascist aestheticism’

Walter Benjamin in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, 1937 I met Walter Benjamin during one of the meetings of Contre-Attaque- the name of the ephemeral fusion of groups headed by Andre Breton and Georges Bataille, in 1935. Later he … Continue reading

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Notes from Adorno, ‘Theses on Need’

This rather hard to find text was recently translated by Keston Sutherland and a digitised version kindly sent to me by a prolapsarian. An improved (OCR’d) scan is now available at http://aaaaarg.org/ The text seems to me to relate to … Continue reading

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Reflections on Adorno’s Reflections on Class Theory

Notes from Adorno, ‘Reflections on Class Theory’, (1942), Theodor W. Adorno, ‘Reflections on Class Theory’, in Can One Live After Auschwitz? A Philosophical Reader, ed. by Rolf Tiedemann and trans. by Rodney Livingstone,  2003, pp.93-110.   ‘By extending the concept … Continue reading

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