By Gary A. Mullen
Within the minds of many severe theorists, Theodor W. Adorno epitomizes the failure of serious idea to supply any concrete suggestions for political perform. His identify is sort of synonymous with the retreat of the revolutionary highbrow from the creeping totalitarianism of up to date mass democracy. This publication endeavors to disrupt this false impression by way of providing an in depth studying of Adorno’s philosophical disagreement with the Holocaust and the fashionable conceptions of heritage, morality and subjectivity which are complicit in genocide. through rethinking the connection among cause and remembrance, morality and materiality, mimesis and political violence, Adorno’s paintings bargains not just incisive feedback of recent political rules and associations, it additionally indicates us intimations of a distinct political practice.
“Gary Mullen provides a lively safety of Adorno’s oft-maligned try and convey serious idea to endure at the background of ecu domination. by means of getting to the eschatological deep constitution of Adorno’s philosophical undertaking, Mullen deftly counters the preferred interpretation of Adorno as a lapsed (and possibly jaded) champion of cause and enlightenment. As portrayed through Mullen, in reality, Adorno is correctly understood as calling for an intensification of the venture of eu enlightenment and as directing the severe strength of cause towards the particularity of human affliction. As Mullen ably demonstrates, the normative energy of Adorno’s contribution to severe thought 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 can be a magnificent, pressing, and deeply humane booklet. Adorno on Politics could be a worthy source for college kids and students alike.” —Daniel Conway, Texas A&M collage
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Adorno on Politics after Auschwitz by Gary A. Mullen