Adorno, Radical Negativity, and Cultural Critique
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Adorno, Radical Negativity, and Cultural Critique : Utopia in the Map of the World

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Adorno, Radical Negativity, and Cultural Critique presents the concept of utopia as a necessary corrective to the cynical ethos of our time. Kathleen League explores this fascinating philosophical concept through discussions of works by such diverse figures as Jacques Derrida, Richard Wolin, Pierre Bourdieu, the Sex Pistols, and Oscar Wilde. This gripping journey through an often neglected philosophy will interest those who want to know more about Adorno, radical social change, and utopia.show more

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  • Hardback | 174 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 18mm | 439.98g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739150375
  • 9780739150375

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Kathleen League has given us a timely, well argued book on T. W. Adorno's concept of utopia and its implications for the philosophy of art. Adorno, Radical Negativity, and Cultural Critique offers rewards to readers at several levels, ranging from those who have had only the briefest introduction to Adorno's thought to those engaged by the recent controversies of his critics. This richly informed book, drawing on materials from Oscar Wilde to the Sex Pistols and Avatar, both explicates Adorno's argument and demonstrates its relevance to contemporary culture. League builds a persuasive case that Adorno's cultural criticism is even more important now than it was at the time of his death in 1969. -- Gary Shapiro, Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the Humanities-Philosophy, University of Richmond This text is a welcome blend of a close reading of Adorno and an appeal to the continuing need for the utopian in contemporary society. League puts Adorno in conversation with his critics and successors in order to provide an important argument about the decline of the possibility of utopia in the modern world as well as the dangers that rejection of utopia brings about for our society. This is an important contribution to Adorno scholarship and an equally important contribution to contemporary social theory. -- Richard A. Lee Jr., DePaul University, Professor of Philosophy, DePaul Universityshow more

About Kathleen League

Kathleen League, PhD, is an independent scholar.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction. Adorno, Utopia, Negativity, and Now Chapter 2 Chapter One. Adorno No Sell Out: A Critical Response to Richard Wolin Chapter 3 Chapter Two. Adorno without Negativity: A Preliminary Encounter with Jacques Derrida Chapter 4 Chapter Three. Adorno and the Sex Pistols Chapter 5 Chapter Four. Radical Formalism and the Working Class: A Critical Articulation of Adorno and Bourdieu Chapter 6 Afterword. Unlikely Compatriots of Utopia: Wilde and Adornoshow more