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Adorno’s politics: Theory and praxis in Germany’s 1960s

Freyenhagen, Fabian (2014) 'Adorno’s politics: Theory and praxis in Germany’s 1960s.' Philosophy and Social Criticism, 40 (9). 867 - 893. ISSN 0191-4537

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Abstract

Theodor W. Adorno inspired much of Germany’s 1960s student movement, but he came increasingly into conflict with this movement about the practical implications of his critical theory. Others – including his friend and colleague Herbert Marcuse – also accused Adorno of a quietism that is politically objectionable and in contradiction with his own theory. In this article, I reconstruct, and partially defend, Adorno’s views on theory and (political) praxis in Germany’s 1960s in 11 theses. His often attacked and maligned stance during the 1960s is based on his analysis of these historical circumstances. Put provocatively, his stance consists in the view that people in the 1960s have tried to change the world, in various ways; the point – at that time – was to interpret it.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Theodor Adorno, Frankfurt School, Herbert Marcuse, 1960s Germany, student movement, theory and practice
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2014 14:35
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2018 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10827

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