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- DescriptionDialectic of Enlightenment is, quite justifiably, one of the most celebrated and often cited works of modern social philosophy. It has been identified as the keystone of the 'Frankfurt School', of which Theodor Ador and Max Horkheimer were the leading members, and does t cease to impress in its wide-ranging ambition and panache. Ador and Horkheimer addressees themselves to a question which went to the very heart of the modern age, namely 'why mankind, instead of entering into a truly human condition, is sinking into a new kind of barbarism'. Modernity, far from redeeming the promises and hopes of the Enlightenment, had resulted in a stultification of mankind and an administered society, characterised by simulation and candy-floss entertainment. To seek an answer to the question of how such a condition could arise, Ador and Horkheier subjected the whole history of Western catagories of reason and nature, from Homer to Nietzsche, to a searching philosophical and psychological critique. Drawing on psychoanalytical insights, their own work on the 'culture industry', deep kwledge of the key Enlightenment and anti-Enlightenment thinkers, as well as fascinating considerations on the relationship between reason and myth - the rational and the irrational - the authors exposed the domination and violence towards both nature and humanity that underpin the Enlightenment project.
- Author BiographyTheodor W. Adorno was born in Germany in 1903, and he died there in 1969. He was Professor of Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt for many years, and his other publications in English include Negative Dialectics (1973), Minima Moralia (1974) and Quasi Una Fantasia (1992). Max Horkheimer was born in Germany in 1895, where he died in 1973. He was a professor at the University of Frankfurt, and his other publications in English include Critical Theory (1975), Eclipse of Reason (19975), and Between Philosophy and Social Science (1993).
- Author(s)Max Horkheimer,Theodor W. Adorno
- PublisherVerso Books
- Date of Publication27/11/1997
- Series TitleVerso Classics
- Series Part/Volume Number15
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintVerso Books
- Weight385 g
- Width211 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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