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Is there a philosophical basis for the conflation of the cultural left and the economic/fiscal left?

I think there is a correlation basis, although I am hesitant to call it philosophical. Let me reframe the issue: there is no doubt that social/cultural and fiscal liberalism are logically independent, ...
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Critical Realism and Social Science

Here's a definition of critical realism from sociologist Christian Smith: Critical realism believes in ontological realism, epistemic perspectivalism, and judgmental rationality, all held together. ...
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What would Adorno and Horkheimer say about modern pornography?

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 ...
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What did Judith Butler mean by "differential axis of domination" in Gender Trouble?

What follows is pure exegesis. 1. The notion of subject In the first part of the quote, she basically shifts the notion of "subject". Subject in that context is not used as in "...
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Are There Other "Cave Allegories" in Ancient Greek Philosophy or Drama?

The Elusinian Mysteries were a widespread Greek cult practice which had exceptional continuity, focused on Demeter & Persephone, thought to continue a Minoan cult (so pre-Greek), and which ...
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What are the origins of "The Other" and "The Gaze" in critical theory?

My own research bridges somewhat on these topics, and I would suggest adding the following people to your considerations: Hegel - specifically the idea of mutual recognition. Within this, I think it'...
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Does Art require an Audience?

The rejection of everything outside of the present is a theme in Nietzche's thinking. He believed in those "quarter hours" of sublime introspection when all diversions are forgone in pursuit of ...
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Narrative, what is it?

Two cents. A narrative as used (mainly) in postmodern discourse has the meaning of "theory" or "explanation" about the state of affairs, whatever that may be. A grand narrative or ...
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What are the accomplishments of critical theory vs. logical positivism

I'm afraid this question misconstrues the nature of Logical Positivism and its relationship to the sciences and philosophy. Logical Positivism did not yield "all the progress in the natural science ...
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What are the accomplishments of critical theory vs. logical positivism

This answer is really over simplified, but other answers have ample detail. I want to give you a bitesize version of why this question is slightly wrong headed, and that the two examples in question ...
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Philosophical works on Privilege

Note: the question has been significantly altered since this answer was posted. Applied out of context to the current edition of the question, the below answer may be nonsensical or false. Why do you ...
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Philosophical works on Privilege

NOTE: This answer was composed in relation to a previous version of the question, which has undergone a substantial revision (most of the original has been edited out). Please see edits prior to March ...
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Trying to understand Horkheimer/Adorno Dialectic of Enlightenment

I linked another answer of mine in the comments, which should clarify some aspects of the question. The point is that enlightenment, which proliferated freedom, lead to institutional and moral ...
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What is the enigma of art?

To answer the latter question, an artwork that is still alive does not terminate this social criticism. The critique of freedom in society will be present when the universal and particular yawn ...
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Narrative, what is it?

Technically it means story telling. But telling a story is more than what meets the eye. The thing is by telling a story you're not just reciting the facts, because facts alone are hard to memorize ...
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Narrative, what is it?

In philosophy, according to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy article "Narrative": Work on the theory of narrative has largely concentrated on fictional narratives; the results so ...
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What philosophical views are there on the problem of boredom?

Why only Western philosophy? I see meditation as an intentional engagement with boredom. If we consider how a monk say an immured one, is different from a prisoner locked in a cell, the difference is ...
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What is the philosophical value of cultural diversity?

I think I take your point, Alex— what's the justification for maintaining a cultural identity at the expense of a cosmopolitan sense of inclusion in a "global" community? Will Kymlicka's book ...
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From a critical theory point of view, can philosophy itself be absorbed into the culture industry?

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 ...
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What did Frankfurt School offer as alternative to rationality?

Adorno and Horkheimer proposed a problem with no alternative, in the first generation of the Frankfurt School. Then later, in the second generation, Habermas offered something new. Rationality, ...
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What is Benjamin saying in thesis VI in On the Concept of History?

As @MauroALLEGRANZA has indicated in the comment's Löwy's Fire Alarm is a good resource and probably the only text in English to address the whole of Benjamin's On the Concept of History thesis by ...
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In what sense does philosophy, especially aesthetics, live on, for Adorno?

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 ...
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Is the value of art always contextual, or can it ever be inherent?

Is the value of art always contextual, or can it ever be inherent? The meaning of something arises from its relationship to something else. Some context is always necessary. So it is true with art. ...
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Is the value of art always contextual, or can it ever be inherent?

Perhaps something that Cezanne wrote might be useful here: Everything we see falls apart, vanishes. Nature is always the same, but nothing in her that appears to us, lasts. Our art must render the ...
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What are the accomplishments of critical theory vs. logical positivism

Ted Wrigley's response is an excellent characterization of the historical and ontological differences between the two philosophical movements you invoke in your question. Both movements are ...
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