Continental Philosophy Review

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 587–592 | Cite as

Gerhard Richter: Afterness: Figures of following in modern thought and aesthetics

Columbia University Press, 2011, ISBN: 0231157703, 272 pp., $50.00 (hardcover)
  • Jill Petersen Adams

In Afterness: Figures of Following in Modern Thought and Aesthetics, Gerhard Richter follows the same engaging approach that drove his Thought-Images: Frankfurt School Writers’ Reflections from Damaged Life (2007). While the earlier work gathered a constellation of Benjamin, Bloch, Kracauer, Derrida, and Adorno around the concept of Denkbild (“thought-image”), Richter’s latest book joins a wide-ranging body of modern thought and aesthetics using the organizing concept of Nachheit or “afterness.” Also like the Denkbild study, Richter’s thinking of Nachheit crystallizes around “paleonomic” Frankfurt School thought and concerns: Adorno, Benjamin and Bloch remain central thinkers (cf. p. 29. Also see Richter’s introduction to Thought-Images, 4–8, in which he defends his choice of rather marginal Frankfurt School thinkers based on their illuminating intellectual intersections, methods, and shared commitments). However, more sweeping constellatory arms touch Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Arendt,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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