Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy

2014.04.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrew Bowie, Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy, Polity Press, 2013, 206pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780745671598. Reviewed
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2014.04.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrew Bowie, Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy, Polity Press, 2013, 206pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780745671598. Reviewed by Bert van den Brink, Utrecht University Andrew Bowie's engaging new book starts from the refreshingly honest statement, printed on the back, that Theodor W. Adorno's "published texts are notably difficult and have tended to hinder his reception by a broad philosophical audience." Many who have had the courage to read Adorno's Dialectic of Enlightenment (1947, with Max Horkheimer), Negative Dialectics (1966), or Aesthetic Theory (1970) will be inclined to agree. Bowie's original approach to tackling the difficulty of the enigmatic famous books is to interpret them in light of Adorno's public lectures and university lectures for students. The lectures discuss the same questions of rationality, history, morality, human kind's relation to nature,. . .

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