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Dawn & Decline: Notes 1926-1931 and 1950-1969

By Max Horkheimer

This quantity includes decisions from Horkheimer works, Dämmerung, Notizen in Deutschland (here translated as Dawn, Notes 1926-1931) which used to be initially released in 1934 below the pseudonym Heinrich Regius, and hasn't ever been republished when you consider that, and Notizen, 1950-1969 (here translated as Decline, Notes 1950-1969).

Concerning the sooner paintings, Horkheimer wrote: “This e-book is superseded. The reflections contained in it are occasional notes formulated during times of relaxation from a challenging piece of labor, and the writer didn't make the effort to shine them. this is often additionally the explanation they don't represent and orderly series. They include repetitions or even a few contradictions. but the topics explored supply one of those cohesion. They severely learn and think again the which means ideas reminiscent of metaphysics, personality, morality, character and the worth of the individual had in the course of that part of capitalism. seeing that they predate the ultimate victory of nationwide Socialism, they take care of an international that has develop into anachronistic due to the fact that. . . . but the recommendations of the writer who lived his existence as an individualist is probably not completely with out value at a later time.”

The moment a part of this quantity may well recommend an extra reason behind Horkheimer’s use of the time period “outdated” for his prior ebook. This part not just marks the top of the liberal bourgeoisie for Horkheimer yet can also outline the beginnings of a rethinking of the sanguine Marxism constructed within the past due twenties. Commenting on Horkheimer’s improvement, his German editor, Werner Brede, writes: “He was once no theoretician of decline; yet he did realize that the ancient and philosophical weather had changed.” Or back: “In the Notizen, 1950-1969, Horkheimer’s unorthodox sociological standpoint outlined the contours of a ‘society in transition.’ the following, the serious pessimism by no means utterly absent from his philosophy definitively supplants the hopes of Marxism.”

Each reader must come to a decision for himself even if the pervasive pessimism of the later paintings is overall depression or a extra complicated, extra hugely differentiated evaluate of a later section within the improvement of guy and society; if it is mere “expression,” or philosophical perception with a declare to truth.

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