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Craftsmanship and Culture: Loos, Wittgenstein and Schönberg

Craftsmanship and Culture: Loos, Wittgenstein and Schönberg

The Looshaus in Vienna’s 1st District is the setting for a monthly series of talks and music entitled Dem Ton ein Wort, (A Word on Sound) addressing the word and ideas of the leading “craftsmen of modernism” Alfred Loos, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Arnold Schönberg, and including chamber music performed by some of Vienna’s musicians adds […]

The United States of Europe? Reflections on Federalism, Christian Values and the Public Philosophy

Austro-American philosopher and intellectual historian Allan Janik is Senior Research Fellow of the Brenner Archives at the University of Innsbruck and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna. He is author (with Steven Toulmin) of Wittgenstein’s Vienna. Our suggestion…is to invent the federal idea anew and to realize it. That is not simple; […]

To Understand Austria, Ask a Foreigner!

To Understand Austria, Ask a Foreigner!

Why can’t Austrians explain Austria? It is simply a fact that if you are seriously interested in Karl Kraus, Robert Musil, Peter Altenberg or Egon Schiele – just a few of the central figures in Austrian cultural history – you have to read standard works written abroad. It was while reviewing the American architectural historian […]

Allan Janik: No Corner on the Truth

Allan Janik began teaching in Vienna in a Kaffeehaus.  That was in 1989, and space was in short supply. He didn’t even get a classroom, much less an office.  But this suited Janik just fine. He’s a philosopher and intellectual historian, and a Kaffeehaus was where he belonged. “I’m basically an anarchist,” he confessed, when […]

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