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By Yvonne Sherratt

This booklet deals a significantly new interpretation of the paintings of Theodor Adorno. unlike the normal view that Adorno’s is in essence a severe philosophy, Yvonne Sherratt strains systematically a utopian thesis that pervades all of the significant features of Adorno’s suggestion. She locations Adorno’s paintings within the context of German Idealist and later Marxist and Freudian traditions, after which analyses his key works to teach how the cultured, epistemological, mental, ancient, and social idea interconnect to shape a utopian image.

“It is a e-book which should be learn not just by way of students and scholars of severe conception but in addition of these drawn to Adorno who, regardless of themselves, yearn to explain the glass as being part full.” —Philosophy in Review

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Adorno’s Intellectual Tradition: German Philosophy 29 Second, we have the more specific aim of introducing Adorno’s philosophical language. We wish to introduce the particular key concepts of Dialectic of Enlightenment by showing the trajectory of intellectual development of these; we are interested in ‘teleology’, ‘totality’, ‘Idealism/materialism’, and ‘dialectic’. We pursue the origins of these in Hegel, witness how they develop through Marx, Lukacs, and the Early Frankfurt School to Adorno’s own work.

It is a kind of ‘state of nature’78 . As with Hegel, the second stage in Marx’s theory of history consists in a disruption of the original primitive unity. Out of primordial communism develop ever more technologically sophisticated forms of production. For 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 Cohen, (1978), p. 26. Grounding philosophy in reason is an Enlightenment project and this represents a predominant strand of Marx’s thought, but only one. Moreover, as Marx develops his own language, his ideas are never couched in a straightforwardly recognisable Enlightenment language.

That ‘end point’ being, if not historical Enlightenment or indeed its philosophy, at least, in common with Enlightenment, the attainment of a form of ‘Reason’ or ‘Absolute’ Knowing. Adorno’s Intellectual Tradition: German Philosophy 33 connected oppositional forces. For Hegel these are, approximately, tradition (from the ancient, mythic societies of Greece) and reason (from Enlightenment). The interconnection of these opposites, tradition and reason, is of a dialectical nature51 . Having reminded ourselves of Hegel’s pattern of historical development – teleological and dialectical – let us turn now to the third issue, the question of whether history is Ideal or material.

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