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    The Vicissitudes of the Politics of “Life:” Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse’s Reception of Phenomenology and Vitalism in Weimar Germany
    (2006-09-22) Abromeit, John
    In the 1920s and early 1930s both Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse engaged critically with phenomenology and vitalism. But their reception of these two broad and heterogeneous philosophies differed in important respects. Examining these differences will help us understand not only Horkheimer and Marcuse’s intellectual development and the origins of the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School; it will also illuminate the important role that phenomenology and vitalism played in setting the terms of intellectual and cultural debate in Weimar Germany. Phenomenology and vitalism contributed significantly to a widespread revolt against science, positivism and rationality more generally, which began at the end of the nineteenth century and reached its peak in Weimar Germany.
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    Carl Schmitt and Hans Morgenthau: Realism and Beyond
    (2006-09-22) Scheuerman, William E.
    This paper traces the substantive overlap, or “hidden dialogue,” between Carl Schmitt and Hans Morgenthau in their observations about American liberalism and American foreign policy. A proper understanding of that overlap is indispensable if we are to make sense of Morgenthau’s idiosyncratic brand of Realism since Morgenthau unfortunately reproduces many weaknesses in Schmitt’s arguments when he borrows from Schmitt’s reflections. Given the recent revival of utopian models of transnational political and legal order, and the resurgence of Realist theory, this paper advocates meeting Morgenthau’s intellectual challenge despite his Schmittian intellectual baggage.