A new title in Routledge’s Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers series, this is a two-volume collection of the very best recent scholarship on Theodor W. Adorno (1903–69). It is an essential successor to an earlier four-volume collection, Theodor Adorno (Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory) (978-0-415-30464-1), edited by Simon Jarvis and published by Routledge in 2006.
Recent decades have seen a remarkable growth of scholarly studies devoted to Theodor W. Adorno’s philosophy and social theory. Every year, conferences and publications all over the world testify to a lively interest. Indeed, since his death in 1969, Adorno has been read and discussed not only by philosophers but by researchers in all areas of the theoretical humanities, and his impact has been considerable both inside and outside the academy. This new Routledge collection brings together the very best of recent research on Adorno. The editor has particularly focused on works that take account of contemporary developments in philosophy and social theory, demonstrating how Adorno’s view may engage with contemporary theoretical concerns.
With a full index, together with a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context, Theodor W. Adorno II is an indispensable work of reference. It is destined to be valued by scholars, students, and researchers as a vital research resource.
Part 1: Epistemology
1. Andrew Bowie, ‘Contradiction as Truth-Content: Adorno and Kant’, Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy (Polity Press, 2013), pp. 38–53.
2. Roger Foster, ‘Adorno and Heidegger on Language and the Inexpressible’, Continental Philosophy Review, 2007, 40, 2, 187–204.
3. Pierre-François Noppen, ‘Reflective Rationality and the Claim of Dialectic of Enlightenment’, European Journal of Philosophy (2012).
4. Seyla Benhabib, ‘Arendt and Adorno: The Elusiveness of the Particular and the Benjaminian Moment’, in Lars Rensmann and Samir Gandesha (eds.), Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations (Stanford University Press, 2012), pp. 31–55.
Part 2: Metaphysics
5. Christian Skirke, ‘Metaphysical Experience and Constitutive Error in Adorno’s "Meditations on Metaphysics"’, Inquiry, 2012, 55, 3, 307–28.
6. Christopher Craig Brittain, ‘Inverse Theology: Bilderverbot and the Illumination of Non-identity’, Adorno and Theology (Bloomsbury & TT Clark, 2010), pp. 83–113.
7. Alison Stone, ‘Adorno and the Disenchantment of Nature’, Philosophy and Social Criticism, 2006, 32, 2, 231–53.
8. Timo Jütten, ‘Adorno on Kant, Freedom and Determinism’, European Journal of Philosophy, 2012, 20, 4, 548–74.
Part 3: Dialectics
9. Martin Shuster, ‘Adorno’s Negative Dialectic as a Form of Life: Expression, Suffering, and Freedom’, Autonomy after Auschwitz: Adorno, German Idealism, and Modernity (University of Chicago Press, 2014), pp. 71–133.
10. William Maker, ‘Two Dialectics of Enlightenment’, Hegel Bulletin, 2012, 33, 2, 54–73.
11. Charlotte Baumann, ‘Adorno, Hegel, and the Concrete Universal’, Philosophy and Social Criticism, 2011, 37, 1, 73–94.
Part 4: Ethics
12. Fabian Freyenhagen, ‘An Ethics of Resistance’, Adorno’s Practical Philosophy: Living Less Wrongly (Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 162–86.
13. Christian Skirke, ‘Do Our Actions Make Any Difference in the Wrong Life? Adorno on Moral Facts and Moral Dilemmas’, Philosophy and Social Criticism, 2008, 34, 7, 737–58.
14. Judith Butler, ‘Can One Lead a Good Life in a Bad Life? Adorno Prize Lecture’, Radical Philosophy, 2012, 176, 9–18.
15. Iain MacDonald, ‘Cold, Cold, Warm: Autonomy, Intimacy, and Maturity in Adorno’, Philosophy and Social Criticism, 2011, 37, 6, 669–89.
16. Mathijs Peters, ‘"The Zone of the Carcass and the Knacker": On Adorno’s Concern with the Suffering Body’, European Journal of Philosophy, 2013.
Part 5: Politics
17. Deborah Cook, ‘Adorno and Radical Ecology’, Adorno on Nature (Routledge, 2014), pp. 121–54.
18. Dana Villa, ‘Genealogies of Total Domination: Arendt, Adorno, and Auschwitz’, New German Critique, 2007, 100, 1–45.
19. Andrew J. Douglas, ‘Democratic Darkness and Adorno’s Redemptive Criticism’, Philosophy and Social Criticism, 2010, 36, 7, 819–36.
20. Martin Jay, ‘Taking on the Stigma of Inauthenticity: Adorno’s Critique of Genuineness’, New German Critique, 2006, 97, 15–30.
Part 6: Aesthetics
21. Jay M. Bernstein, ‘The Death of Sensuous Particulars: T. J. Clark and Abstract Expressionism’, Against Voluptuous Bodies: Late Modernism and the Meaning of Painting (Stanford University Press, 2006), pp. 144–64.
22. Peter Uwe Hohendahl, ‘The Ephemeral and the Absolute: The Truth Content of Art’, The Fleeting Promise of Art (Cornell University Press, 2013), pp. 57–78.
23. Raymond Geuss, ‘Art and Criticism in Adorno’s Aesthetics’, Outside Ethics (Princeton University Press, 2005), pp. 161–83.
24. Ross Wilson, ‘Dialectical Aesthetics and the Kantian Rettung: On Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory’, New German Critique, 2008, 104, 35, 55–69.
25. Lydia Goehr, ‘Philosophical Exercises in Repetition: On Music, Humor, and Exile in Wittgenstein and Adorno’, in Karol Berger and Anthony Newcomb (eds.), Music and the Aesthetics of Modernity (Harvard University Press, 2005), pp. 311–40.
26. James Gordon Finlayson, ‘The Artwork and the Promesse du Bonheur in Adorno’, European Journal of Philosophy (2012).
27. Iain MacDonald, ‘Returning to the ‘House of Oblivion’: Celan Between and Adorno and Heidegger’, in David Cunningham and Nigel Mapp (eds.), Adorno and Literature (Continuum, 2006), pp. 117–32.
Part 7: Social Theory
28. Shannon L. Mariotti, ‘Adorno on the Radio: Democratic Leadership as Democratic Pedagogy’, Political Theory, 2014, 42, 4, 415–42.
29. Tobias Garde Hagens. ‘Conscience Collective or False Consciousness? Adorno’s Critique of Durkheim’s Sociology of Morals’, Journal of Classical Sociology, 2006, 6, 2, 215–37.
30. Axel Honneth, ‘A Physiognomy of the Capitalist Form of Life: A Sketch of Adorno’s Social Theory’, Pathologies of Reason: On the Legacy of Critical Theory (Columbia University Press, 2009), pp. 54–70.
31. Matthias Benzer, ‘Sociological Reflection’, The Sociology of Theodor W. Adorno (Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 86–124.
32. Gerhard Richter, ‘Nazism and Negative Dialectics: Adorno’s Hitler in Minima Moralia’, Thought-Images: Frankfurt School Writers’ Reflections from Damaged Life (Stanford University Press, 2007), pp. 147–90.
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