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New publications by Sonja Lavaert

June 5th, 2018 | Posted by admin in News | Publications

ETHU member Sonja Lavaert, together with colleague of Marburg University Winfried Schröder, edited a book volume titled Aufklärungs-Kritik und Aufklärungs-Mythen. Horkheimer und Adorno in philosophiehistorischer Perspektive that has now been published with De Gruyter

The most rigorous attack launched against the Enlightenment was elaborated in Max Horkheimer’s and Theodor W. Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, which still inspires contemporary critics of modernity and rationality. Their charge that the Enlightenment, instead of promoting emancipation and humanistic values, had in fact catastrophic effects is based both on a general critique of rationality and an analysis of the thought of philosophers whom they regarded as protagonists of the Enlightenment: Bacon, Spinoza, Kant and de Sade. While their general critique of rationality has been intensely discussed in recent decades, historians of philosophy have rarely paid attention to the question whether the named protagonists of the Enlightenment are in fact appropriate witnesses for the central thesis of the Dialectic of Enlightenment. The aim of this volume is therefore to assess the adequacy of Horkheimer’s and Adorno’s overall picture of the Enlightenment movement and of their interpretation of Bacon, Spinoza, Kant and de Sade. With contributions of James Schmidt, Gunzelin Schmid Noerr, Oliver R. Scholz, Dietrich Schotte, Pierre-François Moreau, Sam Fleischacker, Marcel Hénaff, Else Walraevens, Petra Gehring.

For all information about the book, see: https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/491244.

From Sonja Lavaert is also the contribution ‘Entre clandestinité et sphère publique. Le cas Koerbagh’ in n° 26 (2018) of La Lettre clandestine, Spinoza et la littérature philosophique clandestine, just published in Paris with Classiques Garnier.

For all information about this volume of La Lettre clandestine, see: https://classiques-garnier.com/la-lettre-clandestine-2018-n-26-spinoza-et-la-litterature-philosophique-clandestine.html.

The third publication is a chapter in a book on the philosophy of Rudolf Boehm that just came out: ‘Metafysica van het subject, een misleidende spraakverwarring’ in Paul Willemarck (ed.), Wat moet? En wat is nodig? Over de filosofie van Rudolf Boehm, Garant, Antwerpen/Apeldoorn, 2018.

For all information on this volume, see: http://www.maklu.be/MakluEnGarant/BookDetails.aspx?id=9789044136005.