By Gary A. Mullen
Within the minds of many serious theorists, Theodor W. Adorno epitomizes the failure of severe conception to supply any concrete counsel for political perform. His identify is nearly synonymous with the retreat of the revolutionary highbrow from the creeping totalitarianism of up to date mass democracy. This publication endeavors to disrupt this false impression via supplying a detailed analyzing of Adorno’s philosophical war of words with the Holocaust and the fashionable conceptions of heritage, morality and subjectivity which are complicit in genocide. by means of rethinking the connection among cause and remembrance, morality and materiality, mimesis and political violence, Adorno’s paintings bargains not just incisive feedback of recent political principles and associations, it additionally exhibits us intimations of a unique political practice.
“Gary Mullen grants a lively protection of Adorno’s oft-maligned try and carry serious thought to undergo at the historical past of ecu domination. via getting to the eschatological deep constitution of Adorno’s philosophical undertaking, Mullen deftly counters the preferred interpretation of Adorno as a lapsed (and maybe jaded) champion of cause and enlightenment. As portrayed through Mullen, in truth, Adorno is correctly understood as calling for an intensification of the undertaking of eu enlightenment and as directing the serious strength of cause towards the particularity of human agony. As Mullen ably demonstrates, the normative strength of Adorno’s contribution to severe concept derives from his candid disagreement with the Holocaust, which, Adorno believed, obliges us to re-think the character and buy of political judgment. this can be a magnificent, pressing, and deeply humane ebook. Adorno on Politics might be a important source for college students and students alike.” —Daniel Conway, Texas A&M college
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LRe literary and artistic materials that remain are all the products of the Christian upper classes and the Jews, presenting what these upper-class Christians and Jews perceived as popular anti-Jewish prejudices. The limitations of the sources must of course be borne in mind; however, this paper is based on the hypothesis that these sources do not massivdy distort the popular views that they purport to reflect. What I have said already involves an important assumption worthy of explicit articulatiOn.
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This generalization is weD exemplified by the study of ancient "antiSemitism. " Nineteenth-century scholars "discovered" that humanity consisted of different races, each with its own characteristics. 1he dassification of languages into Semitic, Indo-European, Hamitic, and other families was transmuted by these scholars into a racial classification of mankind. " During the latter part of the century even those scholars who were not virulent anti-Semites used the hatred of the Jews in Greco-Roman antiquity to "prove" that Christianity was not responsible for anti-Semitism, since even in pre-Christian times the Jews were odious to Indo-Europeans.
Adorno on Politics after Auschwitz by Gary A. Mullen