Adorno: Disenchantment and Ethics

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"Theodor W. Adorno was the leading philosopher of the first generation of the Frankfurt School and is best known for his contributions to aesthetics and social theory. Critics have always complained about the lack of a practical, political, or ethical dimension to Adorno's philosophy. In this highly original contribution to the literature on Adorno, J. M. Bernstein offers the first attempt in any language to provide an account of the ethical theory latent in Adorno's writings." "Bernstein relates Adorno's ethics to major trends in contemporary
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Overview

"Theodor W. Adorno was the leading philosopher of the first generation of the Frankfurt School and is best known for his contributions to aesthetics and social theory. Critics have always complained about the lack of a practical, political, or ethical dimension to Adorno's philosophy. In this highly original contribution to the literature on Adorno, J. M. Bernstein offers the first attempt in any language to provide an account of the ethical theory latent in Adorno's writings." "Bernstein relates Adorno's ethics to major trends in contemporary moral philosophy. He analyses the full range of Adorno's major works, with a special focus on Dialectic of Enlightenment, Minima Moralia, and Negative Dialectics. In developing his account Bernstein lays particular stress on Adorno's contention that the event of Auschwitz demands a new categorical imperative." "This book will be widely acknowledged as the standard work on Adorno's ethics and as such will interest professionals and students of philosophy, political theory, sociology, history of ideas, art history, and music."--BOOK JACKET.
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"This is a marvelous book, balancing a commitment to hermeneutic explication with a desire to make Adorno relevant to contemporary thought in the widest possible sense." Choice

"Bernstein's study of Adorno may mark a watershed in the reception of Adorno in the Anglo-american philosophical community... This is a marvelous book, balancing a commitment to hermeneutic explication with a desire to make Adorno relevant to contemporary thought in the widest possible sense. Highly recommended for general readers and upper-division undergraduates through professionals." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521003094
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2001
  • Series: Modern European Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 "Wrong Life Cannot Be Lived Rightly" 40
1 A Refuge for Goodness? 45
2 The Death of the Good Life for Man: Ethical Life versus Moral Centralism 58
2 Disenchantment: The Skepticism of Enlightened Reason 75
1 Disenchantment, Rationalism, and Universalism 77
2 The Principle of Immanence 83
3 Enlightenment Depends on Myth 90
4 The Destruction of Knowledge 98
5 Destruction of Aura, Destruction of Experience 111
6 The Destruction of Authority 121
3 The Instrumentality of Moral Reason 136
1 Axial Turn and Saving Urge 137
2 Authority and the Fact of Reason 144
3 A Short Genealogy of Modern Universalism: How Pure Reason Overtook Empirical Knowing 151
4 The Utility of Testing Maxims 165
5 Moral Experience: Of Urgency and Obligation 176
4 Mastered by Nature: Abstraction, Independence, and the Simple Concept 188
1 Bringing Nature Back In 188
2 From Instinctual Renunciation to Abstraction 199
3 Abstraction and Ends in Themselves 205
4 Independence: The Constitutive Subject 212
5 Independence: The Simple Concept and Linguistic Determinacy 218
6 Dependence: The Guilt Context of the Living 224
5 Interlude: Three Versions of Modernity 235
1 Modernity and the Philosophy of History 236
2 Idealism, Naturalism, and Particularity 241
3 The Metacritique of Freedom 250
6 Disenchanting Identity: The Complex Concept 263
1 Conceptual Content 266
2 Communication versus Naming 275
3 Non-Predicative Identification: Dependence All the Way Up 287
4 "Is Living" as a Material a Priori Predicate 301
5 Reflective Judgement as Intransitive Understanding 306
6 The Complex Concept as Moral Insight 320
7 The Complex Concept as Authority 325
7 Toward an Ethic of Nonidentity 330
1 Introduction 330
2 Reasoning in Transitions 333
3 Negative Dialectic 343
4 Reactivating Material Inference 354
5 Conclusion: The Indexical Binding of Moral Norms 361
8 "After Auschwitz" 371
1 Introduction 371
2 Auschwitz as Negative Theodicy 372
3 "A new categorical imperative. ..." 384
4 Coldness: The Fundamental Principle of Bourgeois Subjectivity 396
9 Ethical Modernism 415
1 Introduction 415
2 Experience as Metaphysics 420
3 Metaphysical Ideas: Possibility as Promise 429
4 Fugitive Experience, Ethical Modernism 437
Index 457
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