By Lars Rensmann, Samir Gandesha
Hannah Arendt and Theodor W. Adorno, of the main influential political philosophers and theorists of the 20th century, have been contemporaries with comparable pursuits, backgrounds, and a shared event of exile. but before, no booklet has introduced them jointly. during this first comparative examine in their paintings, prime students talk about divergences, reveal amazing affinities, and locate universal floor among the 2 thinkers. This pioneering paintings recovers the relevance of Arendt and Adorno for modern political thought and philosophy and lays the basis for a serious figuring out of political modernity: from universalistic claims for political freedom to the abyss of genocidal politics.
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He defended the idea of the nature of history and of the historicality of nature, neither of which could be reduced to the intentional activities of empirical or transcendental subjects. Furthermore, Adorno resisted sociologizing philosophy. As Benjamin Snow observes, Horkheimer believed as firmly as Adorno that bourgeois philosophy was in a state of decay, but he seems to have concluded that if metaphysics were no longer possible, then the philosopher had to look to the social sciences in order to find truth.
Bernstein’s essay, which begins with the constitutive paradox inherent in Adorno’s thinking: on the one hand, as the “self-consciousness of modernity,” modernism represents the shock in the arrival of the new, yet, on the other, as the project of “making it new,” modernism, because based on an act of will, fails to escape the logic of the always-the-same. This is indicative of the semblance character of art—that is, the idea of the new rather than its material actualization. Nonetheless, such semblance is vitally important as modernity’s promise, namely, that of a wholly secular, immanent form of life.
They suggest that these liberal defenses largely ignore the fact that social and political phenomena are historically situated and entangled in contradictions that cannot be resolved by abstract normative or legal principles. “Thin” liberalisms also neglect substantial political problems of societal atomization, exclusion, injustice, and indifference—which have arguably become even more salient under present conditions of global modernity. ” 75 18 lars rensmann and samir gandesha Still, if we avoid any kind of “worshipful piety,” 76 questions about Arendt’s and Adorno’s relevance will not find easy answers.
Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations by Lars Rensmann, Samir Gandesha