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By Espen Hammer

ISBN-10: 1317834895

ISBN-13: 9781317834892

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2005
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Interest in Theodor W. Adorno keeps to develop within the English-speaking international because the importance of his contribution to philosophy, social and cultural concept, in addition to aesthetics is more and more famous. Espen Hammer’s lucid ebook is the 1st to correctly examine the political implications of his paintings, paying cautious recognition to Adorno’s paintings on key thinkers equivalent to Kant, Hegel and Benjamin.

Examining Adorno’s political reviews and assessing his engagement with Marxist in addition to liberal idea, Hammer seems to be on the improvement of Adorno’s suggestion as he confronts Fascism and glossy 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 pondering. rather than those that see Adorno as a person who relinquished the political, Hammer’s account exhibits his reflections to be, at the such a lot primary point, politically prompted and deeply engaged.

This invigorating exploration of an immense political philosopher is an invaluable creation to his notion as an entire, and should be of curiosity to students and scholars within the fields of philosophy, sociology, politics and aesthetics.

“Hammer is to be congratulated for featuring a lucid and constant case for the importance of Adorno’s political inspiration, doing justice to its complexity whereas situating it inside its particular historic context.” —Howard Caygill, collage of London

“Clearly written, well-structured ... it's a awesome success to have attained this point of readability a couple of subject that's this hard and obscure.” —Raymond Geuss, college of Cambridge

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It was a time of psychedelic “flower children” and “people’s armies,” of Timothy Leary and Abbie Hoffman and Charles Manson, of the Theater of the Absurd and the Black Panthers. Spearheading this mindlessness was a movement that resisted definition. Its enemies were anyone and anything American, its heroes were dictatorial killers like Ho Chi Minh and Fidel Castro, its goal was indiscriminate destruction—yet its leaders were hailed by cultural commentators as idealistic defenders of the individual against an oppressive state.

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They come to be accepted by degrees, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other—until one day when they are suddenly declared to be the country’s official ideology. ” It is also the way multiculturalism and environmentalism have come to be accepted. But this insidious process does not have to continue. The absurdities that have become today’s primitivism can, and urgently need to, be challenged. ” This battle requires an uncompromising loyalty to rational values—and a repudiation of the new primitivism as fundamentally irrational.

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