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Hans-Jürgen Krahl (1943-1970)

Hans-Jürgen Krahl (1943-1970)

For Anglo­phone read­ers, Hans-Jür­gen Krahl’s name is most dis­tinc­tive as a mark­er for a pos­si­ble alter­na­tive path with­in the Frank­furt Insti­tute for Social Research. Yet set­ting aside spec­u­la­tion over var­ied intel­lec­tu­al genealo­gies, Krahl’s the­o­ret­i­cal work is most dis­tinc­tive because of the thor­ough­ly con­junc­tur­al char­ac­ter of his writ­ings.

Hans-Jürgen Krahl, For and Against Critical Theory: Introduction

Hans-Jürgen Krahl, For and Against Critical Theory: Introduction

For Anglo­phone read­ers, Hans-Jür­­gen Krahl’s name is most dis­tinc­tive as a mark­er for a pos­si­ble alter­na­tive path with­in the Frank­furt Insti­tute for Social Research.1 As a leader of the Ger­man stu­dent move­ment, Krahl had clashed with the ear­li­er gen­er­a­tion of Frank­furt School the­o­rists. While this excludes Her­bert Mar­cuse, who remained stead­fast in his sup­port of the stu­dent move­ment, Krahl’s activ­i­ties… Read more →

Hans-Jürgen Krahl: New Emancipative Desires (1943-1970)

Hans-Jürgen Krahl: New Emancipative Desires (1943-1970)

  Anti-author­i­tar­i­an Move­ments in Late Cap­i­tal­ist Soci­ety Hans-Jür­­gen Krahl’s name is indis­sol­ubly linked to the Ger­man ’68. His death, fol­low­ing a Feb­ru­ary 1970 car acci­dent, was felt as an unde­ni­able loss for the eman­ci­pa­tion move­ment in the metrop­o­lis­es. “The short polit­i­cal biog­ra­phy of Hans-Jür­­gen Krahl, whose agi­tat­ing activ­i­ty and the­o­ret­i­cal work con­tributed sig­nif­i­cant­ly in deter­min­ing the pol­i­tics of the protest… Read more →

Personal Information

Personal Information

Pro­vid­ing per­son­al infor­ma­tion does not mean, even when fac­ing a tri­bunal such as this, that what is defined is what still today is mock­ing­ly called “per­son­al­i­ty.”1 Instead, it involves trac­ing the back­ground con­tours of expe­ri­ence which gave rise to the process of politi­ciza­tion and thus also the anti-author­i­­tar­i­an phase of the stu­dent move­ment. And as regards my per­son, they are… Read more →

Krahl and His Conjuncture: An Interview with Detlev Claussen

Krahl and His Conjuncture: An Interview with Detlev Claussen

  The fol­low­ing inter­view was con­duct­ed on July 23rd, 2017 with Detlev Claussen, Hans-Jür­gen Krahl’s com­rade in the Ger­man stu­dent move­ment, includ­ing the Sozial­is­tis­ch­er Deutsch­er Stu­den­ten­bund (SDS), found­ed as the col­le­giate branch of the Ger­man Social Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty (SPD). We would like to thank Diet­mar Lange for his assis­tance, espe­cial­ly con­cern­ing the rela­tion­ship between Ger­man groups and Ital­ian work­erism.  … Read more →

“A Work of the Self on the Self…”: Krahl and Intellectual Labor

“A Work of the Self on the Self…”: Krahl and Intellectual Labor

1968 Hans-Jür­­gen Krahl is one of the most impor­tant fig­ures of the Ger­man ’68. A banal obser­va­tion, and yet one that sig­nals a pro­found neces­si­ty. His mul­ti­ple the­o­ret­i­cal urg­ings, the intu­itions and cut­ting polemics that he knew how to stir up – above all, the famous one against Haber­mas, to which we will turn short­ly – must always be read… Read more →

Krahl, Panzieri, and Technological Capitalism

Krahl, Panzieri, and Technological Capitalism

Humans’ capac­i­ty to abstract from nature, which they belong to as cor­po­re­al indi­vid­u­als, is their capac­i­ty for eman­ci­pa­tion. —Hans-Jür­­gen Krahl   Intro­duc­tion My hypoth­e­sis in this essay is that a line of con­ti­nu­ity runs between the thought of Raniero Panzieri and Hans-Jür­­gen Krahl. Both share implic­it and explic­it con­cerns and insights with the  Frank­furt School. It is well-known that Krahl… Read more →

Subjectivity and Class Composition: Methodological Notes on Krahl and Negri

Subjectivity and Class Composition: Methodological Notes on Krahl and Negri

“Why do those who have no need for it take up the red flag?” “It is human­i­ty that under­stands itself in activ­i­ty.”1 With this quote from Bloch, Hans-Jür­­gen Krahl con­cludes the brief polit­i­cal auto­bi­og­ra­phy he wrote while fac­ing the tri­al that saw him and sev­er­al of his com­rades tried for protest actions against the con­fer­ring of the peace prize on… Read more →

Family Matters

Family Matters

Melin­da Cooper’s lat­est work tracks the pol­i­tics of kin­ship in the era of neolib­er­al­ism, plac­ing the cen­tral­i­ty of “fam­i­ly val­ues” dis­course with­in the broad­er con­text of Amer­i­can social thought and post-Fordist eco­nom­ic trans­for­ma­tion. In this inter­view, View­point asks her about the key insights of her work and their impli­ca­tions for polit­i­cal strug­gles in the present.