By Espen Hammer
Publish yr note: First released in 2005
Interest in Theodor W. Adorno maintains to develop within the English-speaking global because the value of his contribution to philosophy, social and cultural conception, in addition to aesthetics is more and more famous. Espen Hammer’s lucid ebook is the 1st to correctly study 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 reports and assessing his engagement with Marxist in addition to liberal idea, Hammer seems on the improvement of Adorno’s notion as he confronts Fascism and glossy mass tradition. He then analyzes the political measurement 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 somebody who relinquished the political, Hammer’s account exhibits his reflections to be, at the such a lot primary point, politically encouraged and deeply engaged.
This invigorating exploration of a big political philosopher is an invaluable advent to his idea as an entire, and may be of curiosity to students and scholars within the fields of philosophy, sociology, politics and aesthetics.
“Hammer is to be congratulated for offering a lucid and constant case for the importance of Adorno’s political idea, 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 notable success to have attained this point of readability a couple of subject that's this tough and obscure.” —Raymond Geuss, college of Cambridge
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Extra resources for Adorno and the Political (Thinking the Political)
But that those who do not have the resources give [back] – not even the one who gave thinks it right to take [back]. ‘One must look into it in 5 10 15 20 25 30 42 35 186,1 5 10 15 20 25 Aspasius: On Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics 8 the beginning’ (1163a8): he says that it is necessary to look to whether one is being done a service by a good man and upon what agreement, so that it may remain or not on these [terms]. ‘It is a matter of debate whether’ (1163a9-10) one should trust in the benefit to the one who has been done [a service] and on this basis give in return, or in the service of the one who has given.
For if the atmosphere should be overmoist, it does not on this account drive the rain downwards, that it may be overparched, but rather so that it may cast off the [overly] plentiful moisture; and similarly in the case of the hot and the other things. >46 What was, in fact, said in the beginning, where he said ‘and of just things the most [just] is [that which is] loving’ (1155a28), seems to be similar to what is said here; for love and what is just are about the same things and in the same things: among those soldiers47 and other fellow-craftsmen in whom there is love, there is also what is just.
They are the more related in the degree that they are near to the founder of the lineage. ‘By the degree’, he says, ‘that a household is more fundamental than a city’ (1162a18-19) and more primary, in that degree is childbearing [fundamental] to animals and especially human beings; for just as the city would not arise if the household did not exist, so neither human life nor love would exist if children were not begotten as the dearest things. A man who inquires about the life of a husband in relation to a wife and that of a friend in relation to a friend [cf.
Adorno and the Political (Thinking the Political) by Espen Hammer