Adorno and Existence

2017.03.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter E. Gordon, Adorno and Existence, Harvard University Press, 2016, 256pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674734784. Reviewed by
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2017.03.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter E. Gordon, Adorno and Existence, Harvard University Press, 2016, 256pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674734784. Reviewed by Christian Skirke, University of Amsterdam Peter Gordon addresses a much-neglected topic in the complex intellectual history of the Frankfurt School. He traces Adorno's lifelong engagement with existentialism and concludes that Adorno owes more to existentialism than usually meets the eye. What underlies Adorno's sustained critique of this philosophical tradition, Gordon claims, is the fact that Adorno utilizes existentialism and its radical conception of subjectivity as a foil to develop his own materialism. The book takes us chronologically through Adorno's various treatments of existentialism and phenomenology. It starts with his early critique of Kierkegaard as a bourgeois thinker in Kierkegaard: Construction of the Aesthetic (1933). It addresses his objections to Husserl's. . .

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