Force Fields: Between Intellectual History and Cultural by Martin Jay

By Martin Jay

Strength Fields collects the hot essays of Martin Jay, an highbrow historian and cultural critic the world over recognized for his huge paintings at the background of Western Marxism and the highbrow migration from Germany to America.


Introduction 1
1 Urban Flights: The Institute of Social examine among Frankfurt and New York 10
2 The Debate over Performative Contradiction: Habermas as opposed to the Poststructuralists 25
3 The Morals of family tree: Or Is There a Poststructuralist Ethics? 38
4 The Reassertion of Sovereignty in a Time of predicament: Carl Schmitt and Georges Bataille 49
5 Women in darkish instances: Agnes Heller and Hannah Arendt 61
6 "The Aesthetic Ideology" as ideology: Or What Does it suggest to Aestheticize Politics? 71
7 The Apocalyptic mind's eye and the shortcoming to Mourn 84
8 The upward push of Hermeneutics and the hindrance of Ocularcentrism 99
9 Scopic Regimes of Modernity 114
10 Ideology and Ocularcentrism: Is There whatever in the back of the Mirror's Tain? 134
11 Modernism and the Retreat from Form 147
12 The Textual method of highbrow History 158
13 Name-Dropping or losing Names? Modes of Legitimation within the Humanities

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He links that imperative to the pragmatic implications of narrative itself, which introduces a temporal deferral of the fulfillment of some lawlike injunction. "Such a narrative," he writes, " leaves its readers at the end as dissatisfied as ever, still in expectation of the fulfillment of the promise which was the wh oIe reason for being of the story. " Is There a Poststructuralist Ethics? 43 Drawing explidtly on de Man's theory of reading, Miller claims that ethical judgments are a necessary dimension of all language: its allegorical, supplementary resistance of closure and determinate meaning.

Against Foucault's emphasis on the exteriority of language, which was of course a standard structuralist assumption of the 1960s, he has maintained the possibility of a reconstructive science applicable to the level of communicative utterance. " he admitted " this abstraction of language from the use of language in speech (langue versus parole), which is made in both the logical and the structuralist analysis of language, is meaningful. "40 This argument is directed against the classical structuralist binary opposition, which privileges langue over parole.

V their disillusionment was a central episode in the general loss of confidence in totality evident in the history of Western Marxism as a whole. Even when they returned to a Frankfurt now anxious to listen to them, they were far too chastened by their American experience to hold out any hope for the dream of a city of virtue. Thus, as mentioned earlier, when they did engage in a community analysis, it was always with the The Institute of Social Research between Frankfurt and New York 23 warning that the proper unit of analysis could not be merely urban, for the manipulation of popular consciousness by anational and even international culture industry precluded any purely urban renaissance of civic virtue.

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