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Cool ConductThe Culture of Distance in Weimar Germany$
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Helmut Lethen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520201095

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520201095.001.0001

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The Rapture of Circulation and Schematicism

The Rapture of Circulation and Schematicism

(p.21) Chapter Two The Rapture of Circulation and Schematicism
Cool Conduct

Helmut Lethen

University of California Press

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

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