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- DescriptionEver since Kant and Hegel, the tion of automy - the idea that we are beholden to law except one we impose upon ourselves - has been considered the truest philosophical expression of human freedom. But could our commitment to automy, as Theodor Ador asked, be responsible for the extreme evils that we have witnessed in modernity? In Automy After Auschwitz, Martin Shuster explores this difficult question with astonishing theoretical acumen, examining the precise ways automy can lead us down a path of evil and how it might be prevented from doing so. Shuster uncovers dangers in the tion of automy as it was originally conceived by Kant. Putting Ador into dialogue with a range of European philosophers, tably Kant, Hegel, Horkheimer, and Habermas - as well as with a variety of contemporary Anglo-American thinkers such as Richard Rorty, Stanley Cavell, John McDowell, and Robert Pippin - he illuminates Ador's important revisions to this fraught concept and how his different understanding of automous agency, fully articulated, might open up new and positive social and political possibilities. Altogether, Automy After Auschwitz is a meditation on modern evil and human agency, one that demonstrates the tremendous ethical stakes at the heart of philosophy.
- Author BiographyMartin Shuster is chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Avila University in Kansas City, MO, and is cofounder of the Association for Adorno Studies.
- Author(s)Martin Shuster
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication26/09/2014
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Weight431 g
- Width90 mm
- Height60 mm
- Spine20 mm
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