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The Ver-Fremdworteffekt. Adorno on Language’s Glitches

Frank Ruda, University of Dundee

February 27, 2023 · 5:00 pm7:00 pm · 010 East Pyne

Department of Comparative Literature

Theodor W. Adorno has written two texts on foreign words and how they affect language. These texts contain a theory of how something apparently universal gives rise to another, to a different, a differently universal universality. The talk will explore what this means structurally and politically.

Frank Ruda is Chair of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy at the University of Dundee. His most recent publications include Reading Hegel (with Slavoj Žižek and Agon Hamza, Polity 2021), The Dash – the Other Side of Absolute Knowing (with Rebecca Comay, MIT Press 2018), Gegen-Freiheit. Für einen komischen Fatalismus (Konstanz University Press 2018). The English translation of his Indifference and Repetition, or Modern Freedom and its Discontents is forthcoming with Fordham University Press in 2023 (including a new preface by Alain Badiou). He is currently working on the manuscript of a book tentatively entitled Stuckness and Courage. On Modes of Absorbing Historical Time and How to Counter Them.

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Council, the German Department and the Department of Philosophy

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