This volume recovers and reintroduces the work of Gunther Anders (1902-1992), "the most neglected German philosopher of the twentieth century," according to Jean-Pierre Dupuy. In his main philosophical work, Die Antiquiert-heit des Menschen (1956), Anders developed what he called a "philosophy of discrepancy," an analysis of the gap between what we are able to produce and what we are able to imagine. Over a long career stretching almost seventy years, Anders published numerous philosophical essays, short stories, and poetry. His role as an arch-critic of ever more advancing technological mass society, in general, and the nuclear age, in particular, defined him as a public intellectual par excellence of the Cold War era.
Gunter Bischof is the Marshall Plan Professor of History and director of Center Austria at the University of New Orleans.
Jason Dawsey teaches history at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Bernhard Fetz is director of the Literaturarchiv der Osterreichischen Nationalbibliothek and associate professor of German studies at the University of Vienna.