By Alex Thomson
The most influential philosophers and cultural theorists of the 20th century, Theodor Adorno poses a substantial problem to scholars. His works can usually appear imprecise and impenetrable, fairly for people with little wisdom of the philosophical traditions on which he attracts. Adorno: A consultant for the at a loss for words is a fascinating and available account of his suggestion that doesn't patronise or short-change the reader. these new to Adorno - and people who have struggled to make headway along with his paintings - will locate this a useful source: basically written, entire and particularly occupied with simply what makes Adorno tricky to learn and comprehend.
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Democracy. What is expressed as a 27 ADORNO: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED contrast in Minima Moralia is more fully spelt out in the later essay: what was imposed on Germany rather late as 'nothing more than the formal rules of the game' is there deep-rooted, 'substantial'. The political form of democracy is infinitely closer to the people. American everyday life, despite the oft lamented hustle and bustle, has an inherent element of peaceableness, good-naturedness, and generosity, in sharpest contrast to the pent-up malice and envy which exploded in Germany between 1933 and 1945.
Unlike the ironically presented Minima Moralia and the genealogical Dialectic of Enlightenment, it is a more straightforward work of philosophy, albeit fairly idiosyncratic, consisting on the one hand of detailed criticisms of Heidegger, Kant and Hegel, and on the other reflections on the very possibility of philosophy after Auschwitz. Its counterpart is Aesthetic Theory (1970), still unrevised when Adorno died, but published shortly afterwards. These works deliberately refuse a systematic form: as Adorno told his students in one of his lectures, he belonged 'to a generation that grew up in violent rebellion against the very concept of metaphysical systems, and whose entire way of thinking was defined by that rebellion' (PMP 20).
But in America, Adorno discovers instead . . democracy. What is expressed as a 27 ADORNO: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED contrast in Minima Moralia is more fully spelt out in the later essay: what was imposed on Germany rather late as 'nothing more than the formal rules of the game' is there deep-rooted, 'substantial'. The political form of democracy is infinitely closer to the people. American everyday life, despite the oft lamented hustle and bustle, has an inherent element of peaceableness, good-naturedness, and generosity, in sharpest contrast to the pent-up malice and envy which exploded in Germany between 1933 and 1945.
Adorno: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed) by Alex Thomson