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Autonomy After AuschwitzAdorno, German Idealism, and Modernity$
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Martin Shuster

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226155487

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226155517.001.0001

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I Against I: Stressing the Dialectic in the Dialectic of Enlightenment

I Against I: Stressing the Dialectic in the Dialectic of Enlightenment

(p.7) Chapter one I Against I: Stressing the Dialectic in the Dialectic of Enlightenment
Autonomy After Auschwitz

Martin Shuster

University of Chicago Press

This chapter advances three big claims. First, that Kant is the central interlocutor in Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, and that this has not yet been recognized in the scholarship. Second, that Horkheimer and Adorno launch a devastating critique of Kant’s notion of autonomy, showing how in adopting this notion, agents undermine their capacities for practical reasoning and thereby their very standing as agents. Third, it is shown that the dialectic of enlightenment is based on Kant’s notion of dialectic in the Critique of Pure Reason.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, autonomy, freedom, Max Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment, practical reason, dialectic, Critique of Pure Reason, agency

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