By Espen Hammer
Interest in Theodor W. Adorno maintains to develop within the English-speaking global because the importance of his contribution to philosophy, social and cultural idea, in addition to aesthetics is more and more well-known. Espen Hammer’s lucid booklet is the 1st to correctly examine the political implications of his paintings, paying cautious consciousness to Adorno’s paintings on key thinkers reminiscent of Kant, Hegel and Benjamin.
Examining Adorno’s political stories and assessing his engagement with Marxist in addition to liberal thought, Hammer seems on the improvement of Adorno’s suggestion as he confronts Fascism and smooth mass tradition. He then analyzes the political size 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. rather than those that see Adorno as anyone who relinquished the political, Hammer’s account indicates his reflections to be, at the such a lot primary point, politically stimulated and deeply engaged.
This invigorating exploration of an immense political philosopher is an invaluable creation to his suggestion as an entire, and may be of curiosity to students and scholars within the fields of philosophy, sociology, politics and aesthetics.
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