The Rapture of Circulation and Schematicism

Helmut Lethen

in Cool Conduct

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520201095
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916418 | DOI:
The Rapture of Circulation and Schematicism

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This chapter states that the crass polarization of Kracauer's sketch reflects the specific coloration of thought in the year 1932. It explains that he imagines the human being as being conceived under the sign of the new objectivity marked by the climate of polarization. It notes that the climate of polarization has a complex relation to the ideology of vitalism, which is widespread among intellectuals at the time. It details that the central characteristic of the cool persona's habitus is its marking of boundaries between spheres, causing the polar attraction to operate secretly beneath the surface.

Keywords: crass polarization; Kracauer; 1932; climate of polarization; cool persona; polar attraction

Chapter.  4639 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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