Ador toriously asserted that there is 'right' life in our current social world. This assertion has contributed to the widespread perception that his philosophy has practical import or coherent ethics, and he is often accused of being too negative. Fabian Freyenhagen reconstructs and defends Ador's practical philosophy in response to these charges. He argues that Ador's deep pessimism about the contemporary social world is coupled with a strong optimism about human potential, and that this optimism explains his negative views about the social world, and his demand that we resist and change it. He shows that Ador holds a substantive ethics, albeit one that is minimalist and based on a pluralist conception of the bad - a guide for living less wrongly. His incisive study does much to advance our understanding of Ador, and is also an important intervention into current debates in moral philosophy.
Fabian Freyenhagen is a Reader in Philosophy at the University of Essex. He is co-editor (with Thom Brooks) of The Legacy of John Rawls (2005) and (with Gordon Finlayson) of Disputing the Political: Habermas and Rawls (2011), and has published in journals such as the Kantian Review, Inquiry, Telos, and Politics, Philosophy and Economics.