Dialectic of Enlightenment in the Anglosphere: Horkheimer and Adorno's Remnants of Freedom

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Abstract

This book explores the reception of Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment. It examines a variety of perspectives on the text, supplied by e.g. American critical theorists, British New Leftists, Transatlantic Cultural Studies scholars, Postmodernists, and those working in the current after-theory moment from 1970 to 2010. It considers the works of the Frankfurt School, especially Horkheimer and Adorno, alongside the secondary literature on the subject. The main focus is on how various intellectual circles and trends have responded to the Dialectic, making scholarly discussions the primary sources. While the work is a history of the Dialectic of Enlightenment’s Anglophone reception, it also reflects the post-1968 left’s retreat to academia, which echoes the Frankfurt School’s own stance of political resignation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
PublisherSpringer
Number of pages190
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9789811535215
ISBN (Print)9789811535208
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Dialectic of Enlightenment
  • Horkheimer and Adorno
  • Dialectic of Enlightenment and Postmodernism
  • Dialectic of Enlightenment and Cultural Studies
  • Critical Theory and English-speaking world
  • Anglophone Critical Theory
  • Critical Theory in Britain and United States
  • Dialectic of Enlightenment’s Origins and Orientation
  • British New Left
  • Postmodernism
  • Dialectic of Enlightenment’s Re-Emergence and Revival
  • A North American Dialectic of Enlightenment
  • Social and Political Theory
  • Frankfurt School and New Left
  • Intellectual History
  • Frankfurt School in America
  • Comparative Literature
  • Rise of social and cultural theory
  • Political activism

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