Friday, June 06, 2008

Brunkhorst, Hauke. "Review of Lambert Zuidevaart's SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY AFTER ADORNO." NDPR June 8, 2008.

Zuidervaart, Lambert. Social Philosophy after Adorno. Cambridge: CUP, 2007. Adorno's critique of modern society is not too radical but not radical enough (p. 72f). Yet, the richness of Adorno's criticism of modern society comes only to the fore after its collapse, after its determined negation and deconstruction. One could say with Rorty that Adorno needs a radical reinterpretation, and the Zuidervaart's book impressively shows how such (already overdue) reinterpretation can work. Zuidervaart suggests for example that we should take Adorno's sentence that the whole is the false not as a mere cognitive statement and a simple tit-for-tat answer to Hegel, but as one of many world-disclosing perspectives that carries a useful practical truth with it. This truth becomes manifest only in specific situations. . . . Read the rest here:

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