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Posts tagged ‘Theodor W. Adorno’

Look at his marvellous hands!

by / 2013 / Web Content

Yvonne Sherratt, Hitler’s Philosophers, Yale University Press, New Haven CT and London, 2013. 336 pp., £25.00 hb., 978 0 30015 193 0. Yvonne Sherratt’s book on the response of philosophers to the Third Reich is written in the style of a docudrama. There are colourful descriptions of foliage in Heidegger’s Todtnauberg and peasants in ‘folksy knickerbockers’. Attention is drawn to the scent of fresh roasted coffee and sweet pastries, as […]

Truly Liberating

by / 2013 / Web Content

Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell, eds, The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978: Dialogues on Hegel, Marx and Critical Theory, Lexington Books, Lanham MD and Plymouth, 2012, 269 pp., £49.95 hb., £21.95 pb., 978 0 73916 835 6 hb, 978 0 73916 836 3 pb. Raya Dunayevskaya died in 1987 aged 77, but her ideas remain alive and to-be-lived-by today, a permanent reproach to thought’s accommodation to an intolerable present. Dunayevskaya inspired […]

Can One Lead a Good Life in a Bad Life?

Adorno Prize Lecture
by / RP 176 (Nov/Dec 2012) / Article

I am most honoured to be here on this occasion to receive the Adorno Prize.* I would like this evening to talk to you about a question that Adorno posed, one that is still alive for us today. It is a question to which I return time and again, one that continues to make itself felt in a recurrent way. There is no easy way to answer the question, and […]


by / 2012 / Web Content

Ben Watson, Adorno for Revolutionaries, Unkant, London, 2011. 217 pp., £10.99 pb., 978 0 95681 760 0. David Cunningham In a much-cited March 1936 letter to Walter Benjamin, Adorno famously remarks of the separation between autonomous art and mass culture that, while both ‘bear the stigmata of capitalism’, and ‘both contain elements of change’, they are nevertheless only ever the ‘torn halves of an integral freedom, to which however they […]

167 Reviews

by , , , , , , and / RP 167 (May/Jun 2011) / Reviews

‘Never a fascist’? Maurice Blanchot, Political Writings, 1953–1993, translated with an introduction by Zakir Paul, foreword by Kevin Hart, Fordham University Press, New York, 2010. 200 pp. Howard Caygill It is perhaps appropriate that this collection of political writings by Maurice Blanchot is marked by a troubling absence. Yet it is hard to join the editor and publisher of  this translation in respecting the decision of the editors of the French collections […]

The absolute artwork meets the absolute commodity

by / RP 146 (Nov/Dec 2007) / Article

Exchange on DJ Rottweiler

by and / RP 145 (Sep/Oct 2007) / Extras

143 Reviews

by , , , and / RP 143 (May/Jun 2007) / Reviews

Theodor W. Adorno, Current of Music: Elements of a Radio Theory Ben Watson Sara Ahmed, Queer Phenomenology Kaye Mitchell Jason Powell, Jacques Derrida: A Biography Sas Mays Alasdair MacIntyre, The Tasks of Philosophy, Selected Essays Volume 1 Alasdair MacIntyre, Ethics and Politics: Selected Essays Volume 2 Sean Sayers Benedict Anderson, Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-colonial Imagination Jesse Cohn

Doing something and doing nothing

Dossier: documenta 12 magazines project - What is to be done? (education), with an introduction by Peter Osborne
by / RP 141 (Jan/Feb 2007) / Article

Mirrors without images

Mimesis and recognition in Lacan and Adorno
by / RP 139 (Sep/Oct 2006) / Article

The Dreambird of Experience

Utopia, Possibility, Boredom
by / RP 137 (May/Jun 2006) / Article

Nihilism and faith

Rose, Bernstein and the future of Critical Theory
by / RP 134 (Nov/Dec 2005) / Article

Philosophizing post-punk

by / RP 132 (Jul/Aug 2005) / Commentary

NOISETHEORYNOISE#1, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, 6 March 2004

by / RP 125 (May/Jun 2004) / Conference Report

Uncategorical imperatives

Adorno, Badiou and the ethical turn
by / RP 111 (Jan/Feb 2002) / Article

No Man’s Land

Reading Kant historically
by / RP 110 (Nov/Dec 2001) / Article

New German aesthetic theory

Martin Seel’s art of diremption
by / RP 109 (Sep/Oct 2001) / Article

Gillian Rose and the project of a Critical Marxism

by / RP 105 (Jan/Feb 2001) / Article

The work of Gillian Rose (1947–1995) displays a prodigious range equal to that of any British intellectual of her generation. Her output consists of eight books produced over a seventeen-year period between 1978 and her early death in 1995. The authorship falls into two distinct periods: a first phase, from 1978 to 1984, which includes The Melancholy Science: An Introduction to the Thought of Theodor W. Adorno (1978), Hegel contra […]

Backwoods musicology

Roger Scruton’s aesthetics of music
by / RP 099 (Jan/Feb 2000) / Commentary

Childhood experience and the image of utopia

The broken promise of Adorno’s Proustian sublimations
by / RP 099 (Jan/Feb 2000) / Article