By Fabian Freyenhagen
Adorno notoriously asserted that there's no ‘right’ existence in our present social international. This statement has contributed to the common notion that his philosophy has no functional import or coherent ethics, and he's frequently accused of being too destructive. Fabian Freyenhagen reconstructs and defends Adorno’s useful philosophy based on those fees. He argues that Adorno’s deep pessimism in regards to the modern social global is coupled with a robust optimism approximately human strength, and that this optimism explains his unfavourable perspectives in regards to the social international, and his call for that we face up to and alter it. He indicates that Adorno holds a important ethics, albeit one who is minimalist and in response to a pluralist perception of the undesirable – a consultant for living much less wrongly. His incisive examine does a lot to increase our realizing of Adorno, and can also be an incredible intervention into present debates in ethical philosophy.
This article used to be initially conceived as a part of Adorno’s functional Philosophy and may be regarded as necessary to it.
“Fabian Freyenhagen has written an extremely transparent, insightful, and complete remedy of Adorno’s extreme dissatisfactions with glossy societies. this is often most probably the easiest philosophical reconstruction of Adorno’s genuine, usually unspoken and uncertain ‘moral theory’ that we are going to ever get, and that definitely makes this a major e-book. either defenders of Adorno and his critics will now have a stronger photograph of Adorno’s easy normative commitments and why he felt entitled to them.” —Robert Pippin, college of Chicago
“Freyenhagen has written a lucidly argued, sufferer, and incessant security of Adorno’s unfavourable ethics that offers either a superb addition to the secondary literature on Adorno, and, extra importantly, a lively intervention into present debates in modern ethical philosophy. This paintings can be of curiosity to students and graduate scholars operating within the quarter of ethical philosophy, making to be had as by no means prior to the daring constructions of Adorno’s detrimental ethics, and with its transparent and direct writing and argument, this paintings will be fullyyt compatible for complex undergraduates.” —J. M. Bernstein, the recent institution for Social examine
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Adorno’s Practical Philosophy: Living Less Wrongly by Fabian Freyenhagen