spiritual lies only in the general relation which unfolds between master [ Herr ] and slave [ Knecht ]. Objectivity [ Gegenständlichkeit ] has, in a certain sense, a more conclusive meaning in Hegel than in Marx because an unresolved remnant of the institutional vis-à-vis a free society remains. (Adorno

In: Historical Materialism
Author: Chris O’Kane

Introduction In this introduction I outline the importance that Hans-Georg Backhaus’s transcript of Adorno’s 1962 seminar on ‘Marx and the Basic Concepts of Sociological Theory’ has for shedding light on the relationship between Adorno’s critical theory and the critique of political economy

In: Historical Materialism
Author: Geoff Ostrove

like to make a concrete proposal: to study the guilty of Auschwitz with all the methods available to science, in particular, with long-term psychoanalysis, in order, if possible, to discover how such a person develops. (Adorno 2003 :28) According to Villa ( 2007 ) and Snir ( 2010 ), it is difficult

In: Perspectives on Global Development and Technology
Adorno ist der einflussreichste Philosoph und Soziologe der Nachkriegszeit. M. Horkheimer schrieb einmal über ihn:
»Wenn für einen heute lebenden, geistig produktiven Menschen der Begriff des Genies angemessen ist, so für Theodor W. Adorno.«

Hier wird Adornos Philosophie witzig und verständlich erklärt. Themen sind die 68er, die Herrschaft der Kulturindustrie, Adornos ästhetische Theorie und vieles mehr.
Dabei begegnet uns manches liebenswert Schrullige: Teddys Bestiarium oder seine besondere Passion für Hauffs Märchen Zwerg Nase – ein Kapitel widmet sich dem Thema »Adorno und die Frauen«. Zum adäquaten Verständnis dieses komplexen Denkens werden auch wichtige Vorbilder nicht ausgespart: Philosophen wie Marx, Kierkegaard und He- gel – ihre für Adorno wichtigen Ideen werden in kleinen Exkursen verständlich und unterhaltsam aufbereitet.
Author: Nancy Billias

Is it possible to have, or make, a rational response to evil? Responses to evil are generally emotional: fear, rage, denial, despair, disgust, and sublimation. As philosophers, we pretend to explore the limits of what can be thought, not only what can be felt. Kant spoke of evil as ‘…a product of human reason under the natural conditions of its full development, which are found in the social condition.’ If evil is a product of reason, is a rational response to evil also possible? If so, what shape might it take? Articulating a rational response to evil may demand a new understanding of agency, subjectivity, and rationality itself - at the very least, a new understanding of language. Giorgio Agamben (among others) has advocated for an ‘ethics of testimony’ in response to the atrocities of moral evil. ‘Auschwitz represents a historical crime aiming to destroy the duality of enunciation...[one] . . . that transforms and disarticulates the subject to a limit point in which the link between subjectification and desubjectification seems to break apart.’ Testimony, in this sense, is an ethical act of survival that testifies to the impossibility of the total destruction of the human. Yet, it is a survival in a double sense: if the human survives the nonhuman, the drowned, whose bare life persists beyond the death of the human, survives the human.’ My chapter explores the notion that, pace Adorno, poetry is in fact an appropriate, rational, and ethical response to the problem of evil; how, and why, the nature of poetic language may make this possible.

In: Promoting and Producing Evil

This chapter is an offshoot from an experimental articulation of an ‘ethics of thinking’ drawn from the works of Friedrich Nietzsche and Theodor W. Adorno. One could make a modest claim that, at a very fundamental level, Nietzsche and Adorno are brothers-in-arms, in particular with regard to the philosophical treatment of praxis and critique, making praxis and the critique of philosophy the strongest links between their works. Against the backdrop of the dialectical crisis of modernity, my discussion will focus on 1) ethical thinking and its relation to philosophy and the receptivity to the new and 2) the critique of philosophy’s tendency towards concept fetishism. I will argue that Nietzsche’s and Adorno’s works can be deemed as their ethical engagement with the non-identical. What I refer to in this chapter as the ‘ethics of thinking’ is, roughly, a way of thinking or of doing philosophy that takes as its point of departure a critical stance towards the ‘rigidifying tendency’ of identity thinking and takes negativity as its fundamental structure or form. As such, it is a kind of thinking that is receptive to the non-identical character of the world of human and non-human objects.

In: Representation and Contestation
Editors: Ryan Crawford and Erik Vogt
Adorno and the Concept of Genocide examines the legacy of Critical Theory’s foremost authority on life ‘after Auschwitz.’ As a leading member of the Frankfurt School and one of post-war Europe’s most important public intellectuals, Adorno’s reflections on genocide and its relation to contemporary society achieved a level of urgency and insight that remains unparalleled to this day.

Assembled here for the first time in English is a wide-ranging collection of essays on the seminal significance of the concept of genocide for Adorno’s thought, as well as the enduring relevance of that thought for our own time.

Contributors include: Babette Babich, Ryan Crawford, Tom Huhn, Osman Nemli, Ulrich Plass, Erik M. Vogt, James R. Watson, Markus Zöchmeister


Author: Rolena Adorno

procurador enviado por la provincia de Guatemala (1549).” Casas, O.E. 5:290–92. 26 This and other of Bernal Díaz’s interactions with Las Casas are examined in detail in Rolena Adorno, The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007), 164–67. 27

In: Bartolomé de las Casas, O.P.
Author: Glenn Stewart

‘block’, as described by Adorno in his lectures on The Critique of Pure Reason , can lend insight into Beckett’s restrained lamentation of the subject. Both Beckett and Kant shifted towards rigorous abstraction as their careers went on and, while they held different objectives in doing so and went

In: Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui
Author: Figal, G.

Adorno, Theodor Wiesengrund (11.9.1893 Frankfurt/M.  – 6.8.1969 Visp, Kanton Wallis), ist neben M.Horkheimer der wichtigste Vertreter der Kritischen Theorie in ihrer ersten Generation. Im Zentrum seines Denkens steht eine radikale Kritik der sich wiss., technisch und gesellschaftlich