Joe Weiss

Professor Weiss teaches courses in ethics, social and political theory, continental philosophy, and aesthetics. His research attempts to think the intersections between each of these areas of study, with a particular focus on how the Frankfurt School can help us understand both the history of philosophy and the present political conjuncture. More specifically, his approach aims to preserve the critical lineage of classical German philosophy by thinking its essential concepts in relation to the ever-changing composition of capital. This approach has led to publications on topics as wide-ranging as Walter Benjamin's conception of the capitalist imaginary, Kant's conception of "universal history," the relationship between T.W. Adorno's "culture industry" and Guy Debord's "spectacle economy," as well as the significance of the technology of experimental music production. He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled The Natural History of Song: From the Lullaby to Electroacoustic Music in Adorno, Benjamin, and Deleuze.

Title: Lecturer in Philosophy
Department: Philosophy and Religion

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Office address
I. G. Greer Hall 214-A