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By Yvonne Sherratt

This booklet bargains a substantially new interpretation of the paintings of Theodor Adorno. not like the normal view that Adorno’s is in essence a serious philosophy, Yvonne Sherratt strains systematically a utopian thesis that pervades all of the significant elements of Adorno’s idea. She locations Adorno’s paintings within the context of German Idealist and later Marxist and Freudian traditions, after which analyses his key works to teach how the classy, epistemological, mental, old, and social proposal interconnect to shape a utopian image.

“It is a ebook which should be learn not just by way of students and scholars of severe conception but additionally of these drawn to Adorno who, regardless of themselves, yearn to explain the glass as being part full.” —Philosophy in Review

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For Adorno, a conception of reason developed on a non-human template was bound to lead to irrationality when applied to human beings, even in their ‘mature’ condition. See Adorno, T. (1974). Moreover, Adorno would go so far as to claim that an attempt to produce a concept of rationality that is not humanly attainable due to psychological criteria, is itself an instance of psychological immaturity – an inability to accept and relate to the world as it is, when instead, ‘the world becomes the . .

The teleological process of history has further characteristic features for Hegel. History unfolds through the internal unravelling of two inextricably 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 See Hardimon, 1994, for an excellent book length interpetation of Hegel’s social philosophy as the project of social reconciliation. For a distinct view see Taylor, C. (1979), esp. pp. 14–16, 22–3, 49–50. See Hardimon, (1994), pp. 84–122. As Hegel expresses it, ‘The goal, Absolute Knowing . . ’ PhS. p. 493. , p. 493. My emphasis.

Cohen, (1978), pp. 289–293 is useful on this as is Rosen (1996). This is, of course, a ‘materialist notion of rationality’. For a good discussion see Cohen (1978) aspects of chapters I and II, esp. pp. 16–18 and 41–56. See also Lukacs, G. (1971) for a thorough treatment of the later Marxist ‘epistemology’ influential to Adorno; Geuss, R. (1981) for a discussion of some pertinent issues in Marxist epistemology, and its later development; Rosen, M. (1996) for a discussion of Ideology. Marx, K. (1977c).

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