Robert Kurz and the collapse of modernity – an introduction

Principia Dialectica

This article by Rasmus Fleischer was first published in the Swedish magazine Subaltern in late 2011.

Quarter of a century ago, the Nürnberg school of Wertkritik (value-critical theory) emerged as a project to develop a third critical theory, pertinent to the third industrial revolution. This essay aims to outline some recurrent figures of thought within this particular school, especially in the work of its most prominent representative, Robert Kurz. First of all, something should be said about the relation between critique and crisis.

When the growth of capital (or, more precisely, the Wertvergesellschaftung) begins to stall, if so only for a brief period of time, this does not only equal an “economic” crisis, but also a nascent decomposition of the whole “pseudo-nature” which is historically constituted around the value form and its form-immanent expansion. The crisis also involves labour, politics, nation, art, reason and other categories of realized metaphysics…

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