By Espen Hammer
Interest in Theodor W. Adorno maintains to develop within the English-speaking global because the importance of his contribution to philosophy, social and cultural idea, in addition to aesthetics is more and more well-known. Espen Hammer’s lucid booklet is the 1st to correctly study the political implications of his paintings, paying cautious recognition to Adorno’s paintings on key thinkers corresponding to Kant, Hegel and Benjamin.
Examining Adorno’s political stories and assessing his engagement with Marxist in addition to liberal conception, Hammer appears on the improvement of Adorno’s proposal as he confronts Fascism and sleek mass tradition. He then analyzes the political size of his philosophical and aesthetic theorizing. through 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 considering. rather than those that see Adorno as a person who relinquished the political, Hammer’s account exhibits his reflections to be, at the so much basic point, politically prompted and deeply engaged.
This invigorating exploration of a tremendous political philosopher is an invaluable creation to his concept as an entire, and may be of curiosity to students and scholars within the fields of philosophy, sociology, politics and aesthetics.