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Inconceivable Effects: Ethics through Twentieth-Century German Literature, Thought, and Film

Martin Blumenthal-Barby


This book reads theoretical, literary and cinematic works that appear noteworthy for the ethical questions they raise. Via critical analysis of writers and filmmakers whose projects have changed our ways of viewing the modern world—including Hannah Arendt, Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, the directors of Germany in Autumn, and Heiner Müller—the book furnishes a cultural base for contemporary discussions of totalitarian domination, lying and politics, the relation between law and body, the relation between law and justice, the question of violence, and our ways of conceptualizing “the human.” A c ... More

Keywords: ethical questions, Hannah Arendt, Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, Heiner Müller, totalitarian domination, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801478123
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801478123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Blumenthal-Barby, author
Assistant Professor of German and Film Studies, Rice University.