Adorno on Politics after Auschwitz by Gary A. Mullen

By Gary A. Mullen

Within the minds of many serious theorists, Theodor W. Adorno epitomizes the failure of serious idea to supply any concrete suggestions for political perform. His identify is nearly synonymous with the retreat of the revolutionary highbrow from the creeping totalitarianism of latest mass democracy. This booklet endeavors to disrupt this false impression by means of supplying an in depth studying of Adorno’s philosophical disagreement with the Holocaust and the trendy conceptions of heritage, morality and subjectivity which are complicit in genocide. by means of rethinking the connection among cause and remembrance, morality and materiality, mimesis and political violence, Adorno’s paintings deals not just incisive feedback of contemporary political rules and associations, it additionally indicates us intimations of a distinct political practice.

“Gary Mullen supplies a lively safety of Adorno’s oft-maligned try to deliver severe thought to endure at the historical past 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 via Mullen, in truth, Adorno is correctly understood as calling for an intensification of the undertaking of ecu enlightenment and as directing the serious strength of cause towards the particularity of human discomfort. As Mullen ably demonstrates, the normative strength of Adorno’s contribution to serious conception derives from his candid disagreement 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 e-book. Adorno on Politics could be a necessary source for college students and students alike.” —Daniel Conway, Texas A&M collage

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