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Adorno, Foucault and the critique of the West

By: Cook, Deborah.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London Verso 2018Description: x, 180 p. Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN: 9781788730822.Subject(s): Foucault Michel, 1926-1984 | Adorno Theodor W., 1903-1969 | Western Civilization | Critical theory | PhilosophyDDC classification: 909.09821 Summary: The alliance of critical theory between Frankfurt and Paris Adorno, Foucault, and the Critique of the West argues that critical theory continues to offer valuable resources for critique and contestation during this turbulent period in our history. To assess these resources, it examines the work of two of the twentieth century’s more prominent social theorists: Theodor W. Adorno and Michel Foucault. Although Adorno was situated squarely in the Marxist tradition that Foucault would occasionally challenge, Cook demonstrates that their critiques of our current predicament are complementary in important respects. Among other things, they converge in their focus on the historical conditions—economic in Adorno and political in Foucault—that gave rise to the racist and authoritarian tendencies that continue to blight the West. But this book will also show that as Adorno and Foucault plumb the economic and political forces that have shaped our identities, they offer remarkably similar answers to the perennial question: What is to be done? https://www.versobooks.com/books/2845-adorno-foucault-and-the-critique-of-the-west
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Table of Contents

The critical matrix
Is power always secondary to the economy?
Notes on individuation
Resistance
Critique
Remarks on western reason

The alliance of critical theory between Frankfurt and Paris
Adorno, Foucault, and the Critique of the West argues that critical theory continues to offer valuable resources for critique and contestation during this turbulent period in our history. To assess these resources, it examines the work of two of the twentieth century’s more prominent social theorists: Theodor W. Adorno and Michel Foucault. Although Adorno was situated squarely in the Marxist tradition that Foucault would occasionally challenge, Cook demonstrates that their critiques of our current predicament are complementary in important respects. Among other things, they converge in their focus on the historical conditions—economic in Adorno and political in Foucault—that gave rise to the racist and authoritarian tendencies that continue to blight the West. But this book will also show that as Adorno and Foucault plumb the economic and political forces that have shaped our identities, they offer remarkably similar answers to the perennial question: What is to be done?

https://www.versobooks.com/books/2845-adorno-foucault-and-the-critique-of-the-west

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