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2019.08.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rahel Jaeggi, Critique of Forms of Life, Ciaran Cronin (tr.), Harvard University Press, 2018, 395pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780674737754. Reviewed by Todd Hedrick, Michigan State University When Theodor Adorno calls modern life "damaged" in Minima Moralia, he is saying something not easily captured in terms of either a functionalist critique or a straightforwardly moral or ethical one. His point, rather, seems to be that, at a very ordinary and basic level, our established ways of doing things frustrate any desires we might have to live freely and well. Adorno's portrayal of this damage gathers in a bewildering array of topics -- from interior design, to gifting, to horoscopes -- because he cleaves to a notion of totality inherited from Marx and Hegel: the variegated habits, mores, sensibilities, and institutions of modern life comprise a unity, or social whole, by virtue of all being shaped by and reinforcing an underlying... Read More

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