By Espen Hammer
Interest in Theodor W. Adorno maintains to develop within the English-speaking global because the value of his contribution to philosophy, social and cultural thought, in addition to aesthetics is more and more famous. Espen Hammer’s lucid ebook is the 1st to correctly learn the political implications of his paintings, paying cautious awareness to Adorno’s paintings on key thinkers reminiscent of Kant, Hegel and Benjamin.
Examining Adorno’s political reviews and assessing his engagement with Marxist in addition to liberal conception, Hammer appears to be like on the improvement of Adorno’s proposal as he confronts Fascism and smooth mass tradition. He then analyzes the political measurement of his philosophical and aesthetic theorizing. via addressing Jürgen Habermas’s influential criticisms, he defends Adorno as a theorist of autonomy, accountability and democratic plurality. He additionally discusses Adorno’s relevance to feminist and ecological considering. in preference to those that see Adorno as an individual who relinquished the political, Hammer’s account indicates his reflections to be, at the such a lot basic point, politically prompted and deeply engaged.
This invigorating exploration of an immense political philosopher is an invaluable creation to his suggestion as an entire, and should be of curiosity to students and scholars within the fields of philosophy, sociology, politics and aesthetics.
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