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Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School This Brilliant Group Biography Asks Who Were The Frankfurt School And Why They Matter TodayIn , A Group Of Young Radical German Thinkers And Intellectuals Came Together To At Victoria Alle , Frankfurt, Determined To Explain The Workings Of The Modern World Among The Most Prominent Members Of What Became The Frankfurt School Were The Philosophers Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, And Herbert Marcuse Not Only Would They Change The Way We Think, But Also The Subjects We Deem Worthy Of Intellectual Investigation Their Lives, Like Their Ideas, Profoundly, Sometimes Tragically, Reflected And Shaped The Shattering Events Of The Twentieth Century Grand Hotel Abyss Combines Biography, Philosophy, And Storytelling To Reveal How The Frankfurt Thinkers Gathered In Hopes Of Understanding The Politics Of Culture During The Rise Of Fascism Some Of Them, Forced To Escape The Horrors Of Nazi Germany, Later Found Exile In The United States Benjamin, With His Last Great Workthe Incomplete Arcades Projectin His Suitcase, Was Arrested In Spain And Committed Suicide When Threatened With Deportation To Nazi Occupied France On The Other Side Of The Atlantic, Adorno Failed In His Bid To Become A Hollywood Screenwriter, Denounced Jazz, And Even Met Charlie Chaplin In MalibuAfter The War, There Was A Resurgence Of Interest In The School From The Relative Comfort Of Sun Drenched California, Herbert Marcuse Wrote The Classic One Dimensional Man, Which Influenced The S Counterculture And Thinkers Such As Angela Davis While In A Tragic Coda, Adorno Died From A Heart Attack Following Confrontations With Student Radicals In BerlinBy Taking Popular Culture Seriously As An Object Of Studywhether It Was Film, Music, Ideas, Or Consumerismthe Frankfurt School Elaborated Upon The Nature And Crisis Of Our Mass Produced, Mechanised Society Grand Hotel Abyss Shows How Much These Ideas Still Tell Us About Our Age Of Social Media And Runaway Consumption I have been interested in the Frankfurt School for a long time Adorno, Benjamin, and Marcuse are thinkers not just important to the left, but to anyone interested in the history of twentieth century thought.The Dialectical Imagination A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research, 1923 1950 Weimar and Now German Cultural Criticism has long been the best overview of the scholarship produced by these remarkable intellectuals Jeffries has written an essential new overview of the Frankfurt School First off the writing is excellent, and I don t believe the sophistication of the ideas is dumbed down at all through Jeffries accessible and entertaining presentation However, I would have to defer to people smarter than me on that score What I can definitely say is that if you have any interest the Frankfurt School thinkers I can t imagine you won t find this book incredibly stimulating and enlightening Jeffries presentation brought a great deal of clarity to issues that previously confused me, such as Adorno s conception of the negative dialectic This book has already helped me to better understand references to Frankfurt School debates in other books and articles It is a first class synthesis of the work of some very provocative thinkers. For Rulers Priming Political Leaders for Saving Humanity from ItselfThis is an outstanding presentation of the Frankfurt School and the evolution of the thinking of its main heroes, including Theodor W Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Erich Fromm, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Franz Neumann, and one generation later J rger Habermas Shorter comments on intellectual partners, such as Bertolt Brecht, complete the emerging picture.With minor exceptions, theses thinkers avoided personal activism, provoking Gy rgy Luk cs to charge the members of the Frankfurt School with taking up residence in what he called the Grand Hotel Abyss This beautiful hotel was, he wrote, equipped with every comfort, on the edge of an abyss, of nothingness, of absurdity musing on the suffering of the world from a safe distance The daily contemplation of the abyss between excellent meals or artistic entertainments , Luk cs wrote sarcastically, can only heighten the enjoyment of the subtle comforts offered For Luk cs, the Frankfurt School had abandoned the necessary connection between theory and praxis, where the latter means the realisation in action of the former p 2.But Luk cs was wrong Taking some distance from praxis was, I think, essential for the high quality thinking of the Frankfurt School As Adorno put it now was not the time for the easy posturing of action, but for the hard work of thinking theory was not reactionary retreat into a Grand Hotel Abyss, but principled withdrawal into a fortress of thought, a citadel from which, periodically, radical jeremiads were issued p 4 The Frankfurt School thinkers have a paradoxical and then harsh personal history, starting with dependence on money which their parents made as capitalist and continuing with escaping from Nazi Germany as refugees This background is interestingly explored in the book, as is its impact on their reasoning.But, much significantly, the thinking by the founding generation of the Frankfurt School, in Germany and in US exile, was shaped by five shocks, which demolished classical Marxism and much 1 The ease with which the proletarian supported World War One and much of German society supported Nazism 2 Successes of Capitalism in eroding the proletariat and, in effect, made it disappear in Western countries as a potentially revolutionary class 3 Total failure of the enlightenment in preventing the horrors of genocide and in making reason, in the double meanings of Vernunft critical reason and Verstand instrumental reason into a reliable grounding of compelling norms as attempted paradigmatically by Kant 4 The Capitalist commodification of humans reinforced by the culture industry 5 Difficulties to overcome the pessimisms of Freud in his Civilizations and Its Discontents essay, including misgivings about the effects of sexual liberation To these must be added the growing doubts of the second generation Frankfurt School superstar Habermas on the validity of his public sphere paradigm, based on his belief that through rational communication we can overcome our biases, our egocentric and ethnocentric perspectives, come to a consensus or community of reason, and develop thereby what the American philosopher George Herbert Mead called the larger self p 358 But towards the end of his life what Habermas wanted to tell us about secular reason, which he had spent most of his career extolling, and indeed about the modern secular state, was that both lack what religious authority offers the faithful not just salvation but, he argued, virtuous lives p 379.I agree that the Frankfurt School still have much to teach us not least about the impossibility and the necessity of thinking differently p 392 This is all the a fateful necessity taking into account emerging science and technology, which are sure to make it quite easy to end the existence of Homo sapiens as a species.Till then we should take to heart the observation that Anybody in this culture who watches the news and can be happy there s something wrong with them p 387 To learn to share this conclusion and struggle with its implications pondering this book is strongly recommended.Professor Yehezkel Dror The Frankfurt School of Philosophy started out during the early days of the Weimar Republic as a Marxist research institute, initially established to answer the question why the German proletariat failed to effect a successful Marxist revolution after World War I This weighty question seemed an unexplainable enigma to the founding luminaries of what had been nicknamed Caf Marx, mainly Benjamin, Adorna, and Horkheimer, joined later by Erich Fromm and Marcuse In order to grapple with this extremely difficult problem, the Frankfurt School developed the Critical Method, which used multidisciplinary approach philosophy, economics, psychology, sociology, art trying to look into phenomena that had not been considered proper by previous and contemporary other philosophers This enigma was later replaced by even a larger enigma Namely, why capitalism failed to self destruct, as had been postulated by Marx That second enigma has hardly been settled when another philosophical critical question arose How civilized nation like Germany slid into the unprecedented nightmare of Holocaust, while nominally socialist communist regimes of USSR and China, devolved into mass terror against their own populations Little wonder that Adorna and Horkheimer had no truck with the students revolt of the sixties, where only Marcuse managed to proudly float on the revolutionary coattails of the New Left The Frankfurt School consensus albeit softened by Fromm and the later director, Habermas seemed to be that all evil proceeds from capitalism, which uses similar though subtler methods than totalitarian communism and Nazism The worst sin of capitalism as seen by the Frankfurt School was material advancement of the capitalist world that gave people the soporific outlet of continuous pursuit of material unnecessary goods and immaterial mass culture cheapened to a popular but worthless product.At this point one has to make two decisions about this book How well is it written, and how important is Mr Jeffries book for understanding the Frankfurt School, the Critical Method, and their importance to our current and possibly future problems It is also difficult to disconnect the two questions, as the importance of the Frankfurt School prejudges the importance of the book about its evolution.Generally, Mr Jeffries does quite well his writing is fluid, coherent, interesting, and learned, yet he mostly but not quite manages to impart his knowledge to a layman like me Unfortunately, the objective value of this book seems to me rather low To the innocent bystander the Frankfurt School seems to have been run by a bunch of spoiled kids that refused to consider any alternative interpretation of history Their disenchantment with the vanishing proletariat appears to be at least paternalistic, as the statement that people have been fooled by capitalism to feel themselves free while in reality they are slaves of the system ONLY the Frankfurt School luminaries have been intelligent, perceptive, and clairvoyant enough to see through this subterfuge The second objection pertains to the method itself They were trying to established something equivalent to the unified field theory in physics, i.e a set of precepts that will explain EVERYTHING in Marxist terms, obviously No wonder they have failed Their current position in the academic world owes to the beliefs of the post modern faculty than to their intrinsic contribution as philosophers.


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