By Gary A. Mullen
Within the minds of many severe theorists, Theodor W. Adorno epitomizes the failure of serious thought to supply any concrete tips for political perform. His identify is sort of synonymous with the retreat of the revolutionary highbrow from the creeping totalitarianism of latest mass democracy. This booklet endeavors to disrupt this false impression via delivering a detailed interpreting of Adorno’s philosophical disagreement with the Holocaust and the fashionable conceptions of heritage, morality and subjectivity which are complicit in genocide. via rethinking the connection among cause and remembrance, morality and materiality, mimesis and political violence, Adorno’s paintings deals not just incisive feedback of recent political rules and associations, it additionally exhibits us intimations of a special political practice.
“Gary Mullen offers a lively safety of Adorno’s oft-maligned try and convey severe conception to undergo at the heritage of eu domination. through getting to the eschatological deep constitution of Adorno’s philosophical venture, Mullen deftly counters the preferred interpretation of Adorno as a lapsed (and possibly jaded) champion of cause and enlightenment. As portrayed by way of Mullen, in reality, Adorno is correctly understood as calling for an intensification of the venture of ecu enlightenment and as directing the serious energy of cause towards the particularity of human anguish. As Mullen ably demonstrates, the normative strength of Adorno’s contribution to serious idea derives from his candid war of words with the Holocaust, which, Adorno believed, obliges us to re-think the character and buy of political judgment. this is often a powerful, pressing, and deeply humane booklet. Adorno on Politics should be a helpful source for college students and students alike.” —Daniel Conway, Texas A&M collage
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