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- DescriptionGerman philosopher and social critic Theodor Ador (1903-1969) is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers. A leading member of the Frankfurt School, Ador advanced an unconventional type of Marxist analysis in books such as Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944), Minima Moralia (1951), and Negative Dialectics (1966). Forced out of Nazi Germany because of his Jewish heritage, Ador lived in exile in the United States for nearly fifteen years. In Ador and Democracy, Shann Mariotti explores how this extended visit prompted a concern for and commitment to democracy that shaped the rest of his work. Mariotti analyzes the extensive and undervalued works Ador composed in English for an American audience and traces the development of his political theory during the World War II era. Her unique study examines how Ador changed his writing style while in the United States in order to directly address the public, which lay at the heart of his theoretical concerns. Despite his apparent contempt for popular culture, his work during this period clearly engages with a broader public in ways that reflect a deep desire to understand the problems and possibilities of democracy as enacted through the customs and habits of Americans. Ultimately, Ador advances a theory of democratic leadership that works through pedagogy to cultivate a more robust and meaningful practice of citizenship. Mariotti incisively demonstrates how Ador's unconventional and challenging interpretations of U.S. culture can add conceptual rigor to political theory and remind Americans of the rmative promise of democracy. Ador and Democracy is an invative contribution to critical debates about contemporary U.S. politics.
- Author BiographyShannon Mariotti is associate professor of political science at Southwestern University, USA. She is the author of Thoreau's Democratic Withdrawal: Alienation, Participation, and Modernity.
- Author(s)Shannon L. Mariotti
- PublisherThe University Press of Kentucky
- Date of Publication30/05/2016
- Place of PublicationLexington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University Press of Kentucky
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight517 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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