Adorno and the Political (Thinking the Political) by Espen Hammer PDF

By Espen Hammer

ISBN-10: 1317834895

ISBN-13: 9781317834892

Publish yr note: First released in 2005

Interest in Theodor W. Adorno keeps 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 publication is the 1st to correctly examine the political implications of his paintings, paying cautious consciousness to Adorno’s paintings on key thinkers equivalent to Kant, Hegel and Benjamin.

Examining Adorno’s political studies and assessing his engagement with Marxist in addition to liberal thought, Hammer seems to be on the improvement of Adorno’s proposal as he confronts Fascism and smooth 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 pondering. rather than those that see Adorno as an individual who relinquished the political, Hammer’s account exhibits his reflections to be, at the so much basic point, politically encouraged and deeply engaged.

This invigorating exploration of a big political philosopher is an invaluable advent to his concept as a complete, and should be of curiosity to students and scholars within the fields of philosophy, sociology, politics and aesthetics.

“Hammer is to be congratulated for providing a lucid and constant case for the importance of Adorno’s political notion, doing justice to its complexity whereas situating it inside of its particular ancient context.” —Howard Caygill, college of London

“Clearly written, well-structured ... it's a awesome success to have attained this point of readability a few subject that's this hard and obscure.” —Raymond Geuss, college of Cambridge

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The CI (meta-law) b. Commands/laws of morality 2. Hypothetical imperatives a. Counsels of prudence greater b. Rules of skill necessitation WillB Maxims (free choice or Willkür) (subjective principles of action) Actions Imperatives are necessitating but not always determining due to subjective hindrances (unlike holy will). Fig. 2 Finite rational agency In sections II and III of the Groundwork, Kant arguably develops a constructivist account of morality with the three components specified by Rawls: an elaborate conception of the person, a procedure of construction, and a metaprinciple of morality (capturing the ethical as well as the legal/political) generated by this procedure.

Responsibility for ends Equal (as subjects and authors of law) reflected in Procedure of construction: The original position (OP) { PROCESS } 1. 2. 3. Formal constraints on the alternative principles a. Generality b. Universality c. Publicity d. Ordering e. Finality OP information structure: Veil of ignorance (VI) OP parties and their rationality: Thin theory of the good a. Three regulative interests i. Highest-order interest in reasonableness ii. Highest-order interest in rationality iii. Higher-order interest in determinate conception of the good b.

I will defend Kant and the reconstructed Rawls from this charge in the book’s conclusion. Briefly, the principles of practical reason can be derived from a postulate of freedom, but this postulate is not a selfevident truth rationally intuited but rather an unavoidable practical presupposition of agency that makes no claim to the status of knowledge. 14. TJ 30; see TJ §7 more generally. Rawls notes that theories of this sort can be found in the writings of Brian Barry, R. B. Brandt, and Nicholas Rescher.

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