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Part I: 1900-1920

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Jeffries, S. (2016). Part I: 1900-1920. In Jeffries, S. Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School. Verso, pp. 13-64

(adjective) of or relating to rogues or rascals / (adjective) of, relating to, suggesting, or being a type of fiction dealing with the episodic adventures of a usually roguish protagonist / (noun) one that is picaresque

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his adult exile from Germany into picaresque vagabondage and tragic death on the run from the Nazis aged forty-eight in 1940

Benjamin, of course :(

—p.15 by Stuart Jeffries
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his adult exile from Germany into picaresque vagabondage and tragic death on the run from the Nazis aged forty-eight in 1940

Benjamin, of course :(

—p.15 by Stuart Jeffries
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(noun) pretentious inflated speech or writing

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Its rage for reinventing itself and erecting very nearly bombastic architecture

Berlin

—p.18 by Stuart Jeffries
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Its rage for reinventing itself and erecting very nearly bombastic architecture

Berlin

—p.18 by Stuart Jeffries
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a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain

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for Benjamin, the act of remembrance through writing had a palimpsest, dialectical character that raced backwards and forwards in time

—p.28 by Stuart Jeffries
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for Benjamin, the act of remembrance through writing had a palimpsest, dialectical character that raced backwards and forwards in time

—p.28 by Stuart Jeffries
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(adjective) deficient in color; wan / (adjective) lacking sparkle or liveliness; dull

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the childhoods that we will never again live through, except by means of the relatively pallid movement of imaginative creation

—p.29 by Stuart Jeffries
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the childhoods that we will never again live through, except by means of the relatively pallid movement of imaginative creation

—p.29 by Stuart Jeffries
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If Freud had lived and carried on his inquiries in a country and language other than the German-Jewish milieu which supplied his patients’, wrote the philosopher Hannah Arendt, ‘we might never have heard of an Oedipus complex.’ What she meant is that thanks to the father–son tensions unleashed by the very specific conditions that prevailed among the families of some of the most materially successful Jews in Wilhelmine Germany and the Habsburg Empire in the last years of the nineteenth century and the first years of the twentieth, Freud developed a notion of patriarchal society and Oedipal struggle as natural facts about humankind. Nearly all the leading lights of the Frankfurt School – Benjamin, Adorno, Horkheimer, Löwenthal, Pollock, Fromm, Neumann – were resistant to the Weltanschauung transmitted by paternal authority, and many rebelled in various ways against their fathers who had become very materially successful.

—p.33 by Stuart Jeffries 4 years, 4 months ago

If Freud had lived and carried on his inquiries in a country and language other than the German-Jewish milieu which supplied his patients’, wrote the philosopher Hannah Arendt, ‘we might never have heard of an Oedipus complex.’ What she meant is that thanks to the father–son tensions unleashed by the very specific conditions that prevailed among the families of some of the most materially successful Jews in Wilhelmine Germany and the Habsburg Empire in the last years of the nineteenth century and the first years of the twentieth, Freud developed a notion of patriarchal society and Oedipal struggle as natural facts about humankind. Nearly all the leading lights of the Frankfurt School – Benjamin, Adorno, Horkheimer, Löwenthal, Pollock, Fromm, Neumann – were resistant to the Weltanschauung transmitted by paternal authority, and many rebelled in various ways against their fathers who had become very materially successful.

—p.33 by Stuart Jeffries 4 years, 4 months ago

(German for worldview) a particular philosophy or view of life; the worldview of an individual or group

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Nearly all the leading lights of the Frankfurt School – Benjamin, Adorno, Horkheimer, Löwenthal, Pollock, Fromm, Neumann – were resistant to the Weltanschauung transmitted by paternal authority, and many rebelled in various ways against their fathers who had become very materially successful.

—p.33 by Stuart Jeffries
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Nearly all the leading lights of the Frankfurt School – Benjamin, Adorno, Horkheimer, Löwenthal, Pollock, Fromm, Neumann – were resistant to the Weltanschauung transmitted by paternal authority, and many rebelled in various ways against their fathers who had become very materially successful.

—p.33 by Stuart Jeffries
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(noun) an intimate and often exclusive group of persons with a unifying common interest or purpose

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But their relationship took a different turn as she became part of the coterie.

—p.37 by Stuart Jeffries
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But their relationship took a different turn as she became part of the coterie.

—p.37 by Stuart Jeffries
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the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind

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That said, Schopenhauer’s eschatology, which Horkheimer shared, is not Marx’s. For Schopenhauer, there is no ultimate redemption, no punishment, no heaven, be it on or beyond Earth. There is, rather, pointlessness on a cosmic scale

—p.41 by Stuart Jeffries
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That said, Schopenhauer’s eschatology, which Horkheimer shared, is not Marx’s. For Schopenhauer, there is no ultimate redemption, no punishment, no heaven, be it on or beyond Earth. There is, rather, pointlessness on a cosmic scale

—p.41 by Stuart Jeffries
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a novel in which real people or events appear with invented names

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It’s very hard not to read these novellas as romans à clef.

Horkheimer

—p.43 by Stuart Jeffries
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It’s very hard not to read these novellas as romans à clef.

Horkheimer

—p.43 by Stuart Jeffries
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(noun) material wealth or possessions especially as having a debasing influence (from the New Testament)

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It’s hard, though, not to be sympathetic to their excoriated, Mammon-fixated fathers. All they wanted (conceived of in one way) was the best for their precocious, privileged, one might even say bratty sons.

—p.46 by Stuart Jeffries
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It’s hard, though, not to be sympathetic to their excoriated, Mammon-fixated fathers. All they wanted (conceived of in one way) was the best for their precocious, privileged, one might even say bratty sons.

—p.46 by Stuart Jeffries
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