Adorno and Philosophical Modernism: The Inside of Things by Roger S. Foster

By Roger S. Foster

Adorno and Philosophical Modernism: the interior of Things deals an unique interpretation and full of life security of Theodor Adorno’s notion of philosophy because the perform of what Roger Foster calls “philosophical modernism.” Adorno’s philosophical writings, from the early Nineteen Thirties to the mature works of the overdue Sixties, are deeply expert by way of a distinctively modernist imaginative and prescient of human adventure. This publication seeks to set up that Adorno’s distinctive and lasting contribution to philosophy is composed in his sustained and rigorous improvement of this modernist imaginative and prescient into an encompassing perform of philosophical interpretation. the fundamental beneficial properties of this imaginative and prescient could be discerned in all of Adorno’s significant writings in philosophy, social conception, and aesthetics. Its defining aspect is the assumption of a trend underlying usual adventure, which, even if indirectly available, might be disclosed through the reconstructive paintings of philosophical or literary language. This imaginative and prescient, Foster argues, will be discerned within the significant works of literary modernism (including Woolf, Proust, and Musil) in addition to within the interpretive means of psychoanalysis built via Sigmund Freud. the significance of Adorno’s contribution to twentieth-century philosophy can simply be totally favored by way of figuring out how he constructed this imaginative and prescient into an overarching perform of philosophical interpretation that provided a coherent and profound reaction to the decay of expertise afflicting late-modern societies. during this publication, Foster expounds that interpretive perform, exploring its ramifications and, particularly, its relation with literary modernism, and locations it in severe discussion with replacement philosophical responses.

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