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Guilt and Defense

On the Legacies of National Socialism in Postwar Germany

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$53.00 • £42.95 • €47.50

ISBN 9780674036031

Publication Date: 06/15/2010


256 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 table


  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Note on Translation
  • The Original Publications
  • Part I: Introduction
    • Guilt and Defense: Theodor Adorno and the Legacies of National Socialism in German Society [Jeffrey K. Olick and Andrew J. Perrin]
  • Part II: Guilt and Defense [Theodor W. Adorno]
    • Final Version of the Basic Stimulus (Colburn Letter)
    • Preface
    • Guilt and Defense
      • I. Knowledge of the Events
      • II. Guilt
      • III. The Self-Image of the Participants
      • IV. The Reality behind Defensiveness: Truth and Ideology
      • V. Defense
      • VI. Elements of National Socialist Ideology
      • VII. The Ambivalent Ones
      • VIII. Open-minded Participants
  • Part III: The Debate with Hofstätter
    • “On Group Experiment by F. Pollock: A Critical Appraisal” [Peter R. Hofstätter]
    • “Reply to Peter R. Hofstätter’s Critique of Group Experiment” [Theodor W. Adorno]
  • Part IV: Working Through the Past
    • “The Meaning of Working Through the Past” [Theodor W. Adorno]
  • Index

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