Adorno's practical philosophy : living less wrongly by Adorno, Theodor W.; Freyenhagen, Fabian; Adorno, Theodor W.;

By Adorno, Theodor W.; Freyenhagen, Fabian; Adorno, Theodor W.; Adorno, Theodor W

Adorno notoriously asserted that there's no 'right' lifestyles in our present social international. This statement has contributed to the frequent belief that his philosophy has no functional import or coherent ethics, and he's usually accused of being too unfavourable. Fabian Freyenhagen reconstructs and defends Adorno's functional philosophy according to those fees. He argues that Adorno's deep pessimism concerning the modern social international is coupled with a powerful optimism approximately human capability, and that this optimism explains his detrimental perspectives concerning the social international, and his call for that we withstand and alter it. He indicates that Adorno holds a significant ethics, albeit person who is minimalist and in accordance with a pluralist notion of the undesirable - a advisor for residing much less wrongly. His incisive learn does a lot to strengthen our figuring out of Adorno, and can be an incredible intervention into present debates in ethical philosophy

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A vindication of this procedure is only to be expected, if the relevance of the questions and some of the answers speak for themselves’ (8: 569; my translation). 39 See, for example, 11: 19–20/ Adorno 1984: 159–60. i n t r od u c ti o n 17 examples which are mere illustrations, there are more case studies in which he actually works towards his more abstract conclusions by way of analysing concrete objects of investigation (see, for example, his discussion of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck in lecture 16 of his 1963 lectures on moral philosophy, which I take up in Chapter 4).

Indeed, sometimes one cannot make sense of a sentence or paragraph at all, without knowing to what or whom Adorno is alluding. In this way, discussion of Adorno’s work particularly benefits from tracing the ideas and works that form the context of its development and content. It is, however, also particularly difficult in his case, with such an array of (often conflicting) influences. 2: 798/CM, 292–3. In a radio conversation with Bloch in 1964, Adorno adopts what he describes as ‘the unexpected role of being the advocate for the positive’ (‘Etwas fehlt .

Different authors propose different strategies for managing this challenge or containing the problems it raises – Kierkegaard’s use of pseudonyms is just one such example (albeit a pertinent one, given the influence of his thinking on Adorno). I considered various options of how I could account for the possibility of my being able to reconstruct and defend Adorno in the way I propose in this study – such as including a self-reflective investigation of my life and intellectual development in the hope of being able to disarm any debunking accounts of why, say, early childhood experiences (for example, of the separation of my parents) led me to the interpretation and claims at hand (such as negativism).

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