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By Andrew Bowie

Theodor Adorno’s popularity as a cultural critic has been well-established for it slow, yet his prestige as a thinker is still doubtful. In Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy Andrew Bowie seeks to set up what Adorno can give a contribution to philosophy at the present time.

Adorno’s released texts are particularly tricky and feature tended to prevent his reception by way of a wide philosophical viewers. His major impression as a thinker whilst he was once alive used to be, notwithstanding, frequently in line with his very lucid public lectures. Drawing on those lectures, either released and unpublished, Bowie argues that very important contemporary interpretations of Hegel, and similar advancements in pragmatism, echo key rules in Adorno’s proposal. while, Adorno’s insistence that philosophy may still make the Holocaust primary to the review of recent rationality indicates ways that those methods could be complemented via his preparedness to confront one of the most anxious facets of recent background. What emerges is a remarkably transparent and interesting re-interpretation of Adorno’s concept, in addition to an illuminating and unique overview of the country of latest philosophy.

Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy may be fundamental to scholars of Adorno’s paintings in any respect degrees. This compelling e-book can be set to ignite debate surrounding the reception of Adorno’s philosophy and convey him into the mainstream of philosophical debate at a time whilst the divisions among analytical and ecu philosophy are more and more breaking down.

“Bowie combines a huge variety of analyzing with a rare energy of lucid exposition, and it really is challenging to work out how the duty of turning Adorno into an highbrow peacemaker might have been larger achieved.” —New Humanist

“Bowie’s publication is a hugely illuminating and insightful treatise at the philosophy of Theodor W. Adorno and on its severe strength with recognize to a lot of up to date philosophy. particularly Bowie exhibits with Adorno why paintings is not only one of the attainable subject matters of attainable philosophical mirrored image, yet has a philosophical importance of its personal that's missed in so much of up to date aesthetics.” —Albrecht Wellmer, loose college, Berlin, Adorno-Prize Winner 2006

“Bowie’s specific and unique remedy places Adorno in sharp concentration, whereas additionally providing a synoptic view of the overall country of latest philosophy. Bowie clarifies Adorno’s relation to the post-Kantian culture and engages sympathetically but severely with Adorno’s outstanding undertaking. the result's enlightening and hugely engaging.” —Sebastian Gardner, college university London

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I am indebted to Professor Jochen Schulte-Sasse of Minneapolis for invaluable stimulation regarding the understanding of structures of neoconservative ideological formations in the United States, suggestions that in a mediated way have gone into my construction of the concept of cynicism and into the notion of self-denial (Selbstdementi). Professor Karl-August Wirth of Munich advised me most kindly on the selection of some of the illustrations. Finally, I want to thank my friends who, with their encouragement and objections, their support and criticism, are present in and between the lines of this book.

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