Lament of the Unwanted Product

Lament of the Unwanted Product


History and Obstinacy

“The human’s powers of judgment – they sway between the monstrous structures of dependence and determination by others that is induced in the second sphere and their groundedness in the primary sphere (which in the end gets lost neither in the intimate sphere of the family nor in lived time itself) – rules over the progress of history” (p. 407).

See “Production, Primary and Secondary” (pp. 406-07).

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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).