Adorno and Critical Theory

Edited by Hauke Brunkhorst

Edited by Hauke Brunkhorst

Distributed for University of Wales Press

194 pages | 8-2/5 x 5-2/5 | © 1999
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780708315286 Published June 1999 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The complex figure of Theodor Adorno has made a lasting impact on modern political and philosphical development. Deeply interested in the flowering of modern art and an accomplished musician who was close to Schoenberg's circle, he was profoundly affected by revolutionary Marxism, although he always resisted its institutionalized manifestations.
Adorno sought to highlight the negative characteristics of the Enlightenment while at the same time emphasizing its positive and empancipatory aspects. In both politics and philosophy he preferred the spontaneous to the orthodox, the experimental to the conventional. His life's work rejects the capitalist system of the twentieth-century while at the same time acknowledging and affirming its creative cultural achievements.

Hauke Brunkhorst's book is the first English-language assessment of Adorno's life and work. He stresses the links between Adorno and the dialectical thinking of Hegel and Marx, but also emphasizes the connection between Kant and Adorno. The book sheds new light on Adorno's negative dialectic and is an important contribution to the debate on this celebrated philosopher.
Philosophy in Review

“For those readers wanting a nuanced, corrective treatment of Adorno’s thought on the whole or specifically vis-à-vis the contemporary tradition and his contribution to it . . . [an] excellent book.” –Philosophy in Review

1  Between Frankfurt and New York
        1.  A much loved child
        2.  The dialectic of the medium
        3.  Siegfried Kracauer and the Kantian sabbath
        4.  'By the way, both are communists'
        5.  Lukács and critical theory
        6.  Benjamin and the dialectic of progress
        7.  Truth is set by Schönberg
        8.  Exile is not an adventure
        9.  Cleared ruins: from re-education to positivism debate
       10.  Advocate of the non-identical
       11.  An ethic of damaged life
       12.  Modernism versus modernity
2  Enlightenment of Rationality: Critical Remarks on Horkheimer and Adorno's Dialectic of Enlightenment
        1.  Enlightenment as critique
        2.  Enlightenment of enlightenment
        3.  History of the origin of subjectivity
3  Adorno, Heidegger and Post-Analytical Philosophy
        1.  Differing narratives
        2.  Adorno and postmodernism against Heidegger's anti-modernism
        3.  Adorno and post-empiricism against 'the myth of the framework'
        4.  Adorno, Horkheimer and pragmatism against philosophy
        5.  Rational identity and negative dialectics
4  Freedom, Critique and Transgression in Adorno's Theory of Aesthetic Modernism
        1.  Experimental freedom
        2.  Farewell to theory
        3.  The time for criticism
        4.  Critique of culture by art
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