By Espen Hammer
Interest in Theodor W. Adorno keeps to develop within the English-speaking global because the importance of his contribution to philosophy, social and cultural conception, in addition to aesthetics is more and more well-known. Espen Hammer’s lucid publication is the 1st to correctly learn the political implications of his paintings, paying cautious consciousness to Adorno’s paintings on key thinkers corresponding to Kant, Hegel and Benjamin.
Examining Adorno’s political studies and assessing his engagement with Marxist in addition to liberal conception, Hammer appears on the improvement of Adorno’s idea as he confronts Fascism and sleek mass tradition. He then analyzes the political measurement of his philosophical and aesthetic theorizing. through 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 somebody who relinquished the political, Hammer’s account indicates his reflections to be, at the such a lot primary point, politically prompted and deeply engaged.
This invigorating exploration of a huge political philosopher is an invaluable creation to his proposal 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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