Adorno and the Political
By (author) Espen Hammer
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Adorno and the Political by Espen Hammer
Book DescriptionInterest in Theodor W. Adorno continues to grow in the English-speaking world as the significance of his contribution to philosophy, social and cultural theory, as well as aesthetics is increasingly recognized. Espen Hammer's lucid book is the first to properly analyze the political implications of his work, paying careful attention to Adorno's work on key thinkers such as Kant, Hegel and Benjamin. Examining Adorno's political experiences and assessing his engagement with Marxist as well as liberal theory, Hammer looks at the development of Adorno's thought as he confronts Fascism and modern mass culture. He then analyzes the political dimension of his philosophical and aesthetic theorizing. By addressing Jurgen Habermas's influential criticisms, he defends Adorno as a theorist of autonomy, responsibility and democratic plurality. He also discusses Adorno's relevance to feminist and ecological thinking. As opposed to those who see Adorno as someone who relinquished the political, Hammer's account shows his reflections to be, on the most fundamental level, politically motivated and deeply engaged. This invigorating exploration of a major political thinker is a useful introduction to his thought as a whole, and will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of philosophy, sociology, politics and aesthetics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415289139
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Espen Hammer
Adorno's Modernism, Hardback (September 2015)
The book is a study of Adorno's aesthetics, its philosophical background, and its account of aesthetic modernism.
Philosophy and Temporality from Kant to Critical Theory, Paperback (December 2013)
Critical analysis of how key philosophers in the European tradition responded to the emergence of a modern conception of temporality.
German Idealism, Paperback (January 2005)
A collection of chapters which examines German idealism. Including discussions of the representatives of German idealism such as Kant, Fichte and Hegel, it deals with metaphysics; the legacy of Hegel's philosophy; Brandom and Hegel recognition and agency; and, autonomy and nature the philosophy of German romanticism.
Stanley Cavell, Paperback (February 2002)» View all books by Espen Hammer
* A lucid and comprehensive introduction to the work of leading American philosopher, Stanley Cavell * Examines Cavella s distinctive contribution to philosophy, literary theory, film studies and politics * Situates Cavella s writing within the wider context of contemporary continental philosophy.
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Author Biography - Espen Hammer
University of Essex, UK
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