„Etwas fehlt”: Marksowskie utopie w myśli Blocha i Adorna

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Sebastian Truskolaski


During a radio debate in 1964, Bloch and Adorno clashed over the status of Utopia in Marx’s thinking. In particular, the disagreement concerned the possibilities (or, rather, limitations) of picturing – with Marx and beyond Marx – a condition in which all societal antagonisms have been reconciled. It is telling, then, that their conversation quickly came to turn on a surprising term: the Old Testament interdiction against making images of God. Given both authors’ commitment to an ostensibly secular critique of capitalist modernity, the prominence of this figure, which is emblematic of the decades-long exchange between these authors, invites further questions. What, for instance, are the epistemic and aesthetic conditions under which Bloch and Adorno propose to present their Marxian Utopias? By considering these questions in light of issues arising from their debate, and applying it to their writings more generally, mypaper aims to contribute to the on-going exploration of “Utopia” in German Critical Theory.


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Truskolaski, S. (2020). „Etwas fehlt”: Marksowskie utopie w myśli Blocha i Adorna. Praktyka Teoretyczna, 35(1), 167–185. https://doi.org/10.14746/prt2020.1.9
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Sebastian Truskolaski, Lecturer in German & Comparative Literature, King’s College London

SEBASTIAN TRUSKOLASKI – is Lecturer in German & Comparative Literature at King’s College London. His research concerns connections between modern and contemporary art, literature, and philosophy. Sebastian’s first monograph, Adorno and the Ban on Images, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury (2020). His articles have appeared in German Life & Letters, Radical Philosophy, and Studies in Social & Political Thought,a.o. With Paula Schwebel, he translated Adorno’s correspondence with Gershom Scholem (Polity, 2020). With Jan Sieber he edited a special issue of Anthropology & Materialism on Walter Benjamin (2016). With Sam Dolbear and Esther Leslie he edited and translated The Storyteller, a collection of Benjamin’s experimental prose (Verso, 2016).


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