By Lars Rensmann, Samir Gandesha
Hannah Arendt and Theodor W. Adorno, of the main influential political philosophers and theorists of the 20th century, have been contemporaries with comparable pursuits, backgrounds, and a shared event of exile. but formerly, no e-book has introduced them jointly. during this first comparative learn in their paintings, major students speak about divergences, divulge wonderful affinities, and locate universal floor among the 2 thinkers. This pioneering paintings recovers the relevance of Arendt and Adorno for modern political thought and philosophy and lays the basis for a severe figuring out of political modernity: from universalistic claims for political freedom to the abyss of genocidal politics.
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Arendt and Adorno confront and incorporate a shared intellectual horizon that has shaped critical thinking in the Weimar republic and beyond. However, they both reiterate and change the questions and concepts of “the tradition” without outright violating it. ”83 Arendt, it may be argued, turned this moral imperative into a political one in reflecting on crimes against humanity under the “global condition 20 lars rensmann and samir gandesha of politics” in the twentieth century. Given the history of the late twentieth century, of the “ethnic cleansing” of Srebenica, of the killing fields of Rwanda, of the nightmarish images of terror attacks, such moral and political imperatives, sadly, retain all of their force well into the twentyfirst century.
The common talk of “new paradigms” often suggests a progression of knowledge that is rather unaware of theoretical roots and oblivious to lasting conditions or continuities within change. The authors of the essays in this volume each examine common and distinct motifs, references, and models of Arendt’s and Adorno’s work, establishing connections without eliding important differences. In addition, the collection charts Arendt’s and Adorno’s respective influences on contemporary debates within social and political thought, from Habermas’s theory of communication through hermeneutics and phenomenology to poststructuralism.
Employing Arendt’s and Adorno’s theories, the volume also presents an attempt to conceptualize conditions and dynamics that marked the twentieth century and continue to shape the twenty-first. Indeed, in light of the baleful impasse between “empty” or formalistic universal conceptions of justice, on the one hand, and a retreat into “blind” particularity by postmodernism, on the other, the time has never been more propitious for a “stereoscopic” reading of Arendt and Adorno. ”78 Some overlap of ideas between these two European-American humanists of their time has undoubtedly historical origins.
Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations by Lars Rensmann, Samir Gandesha