Cambridge University Press (2010)

Authors
Fabian Freyenhagen
University of Essex
Abstract
Adorno notoriously asserted that there is no 'right' life in our current social world. This assertion has contributed to the widespread perception that his philosophy has no practical import or coherent ethics, and he is often accused of being too negative. Fabian Freyenhagen reconstructs and defends Adorno's practical philosophy in response to these charges. He argues that Adorno'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 Adorno 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 Adorno, and is also an important intervention into current debates in moral philosophy.
Keywords Adorno
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2013, 2015
Buy this book $31.57 new (12% off)   $32.80 used (9% off)   $35.99 from Amazon    Amazon page
ISBN(s) 9781107036543   9781107245198   9781107543027   1107245192   1107036542   1107543029
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,703
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Moral Luck and Moral Performance.Hallvard Lillehammer - 2020 - European Journal of Philosophy 28 (4):1017-1028.
Foucault, Normativity and Critique as a Practice of the Self.Béatrice Han-Pile - 2016 - Continental Philosophy Review 49 (1):85-101.
Understanding Adorno on ‘Natural-History’.Tom Whyman - 2016 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24 (4):452-472.

View all 13 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-01-19

Total views
288 ( #34,196 of 2,462,500 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #223,367 of 2,462,500 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes