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By Roger S. Foster

Adorno and Philosophical Modernism: the interior of Things deals an unique interpretation and energetic safety of Theodor Adorno’s suggestion of philosophy because the perform of what Roger Foster calls “philosophical modernism.” Adorno’s philosophical writings, from the early Nineteen Thirties to the mature works of the overdue Sixties, are deeply proficient by way of a distinctively modernist imaginative and prescient of human adventure. This booklet seeks to set up that Adorno’s distinct and lasting contribution to philosophy is composed in his sustained and rigorous improvement of this modernist imaginative and prescient into an encompassing perform of philosophical interpretation. the basic positive aspects of this imaginative and prescient may be discerned in all of Adorno’s significant writings in philosophy, social concept, and aesthetics. Its defining aspect is the assumption of a trend underlying usual adventure, which, even supposing in a roundabout way available, could be disclosed by way of the reconstructive paintings of philosophical or literary language. This imaginative and prescient, Foster argues, could be discerned within the significant works of literary modernism (including Woolf, Proust, and Musil) in addition to within the interpretive means of psychoanalysis built through Sigmund Freud. the significance of Adorno’s contribution to twentieth-century philosophy can in basic terms be absolutely liked by means of figuring out how he built this imaginative and prescient into an overarching perform of philosophical interpretation that provided a coherent and profound reaction to the decay of expertise afflicting late-modern societies. during this booklet, Foster expounds that interpretive perform, exploring its ramifications and, specifically, its relation with literary modernism, and areas it in severe discussion with substitute philosophical responses.

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