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

By Roger S. Foster

Adorno and Philosophical Modernism: the interior of Things bargains an unique interpretation and lively protection of Theodor Adorno’s concept 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 knowledgeable by way of a distinctively modernist imaginative and prescient of human event. This publication seeks to set up that Adorno’s specific 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 basic positive aspects of this imaginative and prescient should be discerned in all of Adorno’s significant writings in philosophy, social concept, and aesthetics. Its defining aspect is the belief of a trend underlying usual adventure, which, even supposing in some way obtainable, could be disclosed by means of the reconstructive paintings of philosophical or literary language. This imaginative and prescient, Foster argues, should be discerned within the significant works of literary modernism (including Woolf, Proust, and Musil) in addition to within the interpretive means of psychoanalysis built by means of Sigmund Freud. the significance of Adorno’s contribution to twentieth-century philosophy can merely be totally favored by means of realizing how he constructed this imaginative and prescient into an overarching perform of philosophical interpretation that supplied a coherent and profound reaction to the decay of expertise afflicting late-modern societies. during this booklet, Foster expounds that interpretive perform, exploring its ramifications and, specifically, its relation with literary modernism, and areas it in severe discussion with substitute philosophical responses.

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