The Forced Institution of Change

(Adapted from Marx, Adorno, Benjamin, Kurnitzky)

This video segment complements the 2014 English-language edition of History and Obstinacy by Alexander Kluge and Oskar Negt, edited by Devin Fore and translated by Richard Langston (Zone Books).

Annotations

“…the Odyssey as a whole bears witness to the dialectic of enlightenment” (Horkheimer and Adorno, cited in Kluge and Negt, p. 268).

See Commentary 12: The Ancient Naval Hero as Metaphor of the Enlightenment: German Brooding Counter-Images; “Obstinacy” (pp. 268-95), especially “The Violent Learning Process of Commodity Exchange on the Mediterranean Sea” (pp. 273-74).

Duration:
00:03:02
Collection:
History and Obstinacy