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Autonomy After Auschwitz: Adorno, German Idealism, and Modernity

Martin Shuster


Kant’s notion of autonomy remains influential and important, not only for his immediate successors, but also well beyond them. This notion, however, is exposed to a powerful critique in Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment. This book specifically takes up this critique in order to insert Theodor Adorno as a forceful and urgent voice within the German Idealist tradition. It is argued that in doing so, we gain deeper insight into Adorno as much as German Idealism. For example, Adorno’s critique shows how Kant’s rational theology is essential to his Critical project, while at the sa ... More

Keywords: Theodor W. Adorno, Immanuel Kant, G. W. F. Hegel, Stanley Cavell, Frankfurt School, critical theory, German Idealism, philosophy of action, autonomy, freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226155487
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226155517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Shuster, author