Thinking beyond Critical Theory with Stanley Aronowitz
Left to right: Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Ernst Bloch
(12–2pm): an eight week course -$15 per session or $100 for all eight sessions.
This seminar will address the idea of progress in History through a careful and close reading of texts from Adorno and Horkheimer. Does progress really exist beyond minor reformist tendencies or is it a major symptom of the dialectic of enlightenment that dialectical positivity comes to a standstill? Can we rethink a new principle of hope that can build movement politics against the cynicism and pessimism of the present?
Benjamin, Walter. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction “ in Illuminations, edited with Introduction by Hannah Arendt and trans. By Harry Zohn pp.217–251 (Schocken Books, 1969).