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Alasdair MacIntyre is a 20th/21st century philosopher writing in English. Immanuel Kant was an 18th century philosopher writing in German. G.W.F Hegel was a 19th century philosopher writing in German. Both were trained in theology at different points during their education. For this education, they had to learn biblical Greek. Adorno was a 20th century ...


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Adorno's practical philosophy stands in the tradition of (and in opposition to) Kantian moral philosophy: It is about freedom and rational reasons, not simply habits or social rules. Historically, Adorno lived through Nazi Germany, where people happily doomed other humans and treated each other like animals (seemingly) without ethical concern, so that his ...


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What makes you think that Adorno is suggesting any solution to the problem? I've not read his entire works, but what I have read provides me with no indication that Adorno saw himself in any way responsible for solving or providing solutions to the problems he laments. His definition of the role of the culture industry in controlling our emotional and ...


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The question is interesting although it is difficult to answer from the position of the two mentioned philosophers and perhaps too complicated for this site and format. Modern mass/popular culture is a multidimensional phenomenon, and I doubt that Adorno and Horkheimer would have faced it uni-dimensionally. Their critique of the bourgeois / capitalist idea ...


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Asking about "anything" is rather vague especially in this case - Adorno and Heidegger share too many things: both wrested with Hegel, both had interests in aesthetics and despised postivism and that is just to name a few. Whether Adorno took something from Heidegger or both have a common source is a rather muddled point. The problem of their common ...


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I think this was a motivation for some artists to create works that couldn't be commodified, for example the arte povera movement in Italy. Horkheimer does write in the Culture Industry: The reputation of the specialist, in which a last remnant of objective independence sometimes finds refuge, conflicts with the business politics of the Church, or the ...


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I think the argument remains valid, it is just staged in a way that assumes we would never get to this degree of mutual manipulation as a social process. I would go with your second option, and then go farther. Pornography is still a tease. It pretends to portray something realistic, but it has carefully chosen to present individuals who are not ...


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First the related question, then Kant. Morality and ethics Adorno's basic idea is that 'morality' is associated with the view that there is a harmony between the life of the community and that of the individual. The customs and traditions of the community provide the substance of morality, and it is by following them - adhering to them - that the ...


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There are a few key points that Adorno brings up: "Authenticity" is a spirituality that follows no doctrine. This way a way for someone, suggestive of heidegger, to prevent him from falling back into religion. This creates an environment prone to fascism and totalitarianism since the "Jargon" following the "authenticity" has a need for submission to an ...


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Marcuse sees a vital role remaining to aesthetics. It has not lost its revolutionary power, 'crippled by [philosophy's] resignation before reality'. Specifically dismissing the deterministic idea that art merely reflects society, Marcuse observes that art "opens a new dimension of experience" (7). Although not stated, this concern with liberating human ...


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Virmaior's answer is good and more defensible, but addressing LeBerg's comment that it seems like a superficial explanation, here is a potential deeper explanation. The following applies to some philosophers, especially those working on esoteric philosophy, and although it may not explain the intention of Adorno et al., it may set the stage for conventions ...


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I can offer a number of points of connexion and contrast. The first section is more oblique than the second, third, and fourth. Just hope some of the material is of use. Nietzsche and Adorno - (1) Among the ways in which Nietzsche overcame the crisis of modernity, according to Rampley, was by preserving dialectical thinking. With Hegel, Nietzsche ...


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A concrete universal is an object. For an example the notion of "people" is an abstract universal if one considers that people are the "summation" of individual persons, and it only exists as an abstract idea. But if one considers people is something beyond an abstract collection of several individuals and it is something on its own, something concrete and ...


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I sympathize. While I feel a commitment to Marxism and historical critique, I remain undecided on Adorno, whom Kolakowski reviles as an obscurantist and elitist. It may be best to accept that there is a bit of poetry and the vast cultural reach of German scholarship in this text. A "myth" is a text with no "author." Thus text and authorship or "authority" ...


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Myth is enlightenment (to some extent), because it provides to some people, a "means" to understand the world. Enlightenment is a myth (to some extent), because myths were the basis used to create the "enlightenment."


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First, you have to consider the background of Minima Moralia. It is a benumbed reaction to the Third Reich, especially the immoral acting of so many citizens in just tolerating and playing deference to (or even support) the crimes happening. The PhD I read this book with in a seminar had the thesis that this is in fact refers to the dulling that happened: ...


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