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Can One Live After Auschwitz?: A Philosophical Reader (Cultural Memory in the Present)

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This is a comprehensive collection of readings from the work of Theodor Adorno, one of the most influential German thinkers of the twentieth century.

What took place in Auschwitz revokes what Adorno termed the “Western legacy of positivity,” the innermost substance of traditional philosophy. The prime task of philosophy then remains to reflect on its own failure, its own complicity in such events. Yet in linking the question of philosophy to historical occurrence, Adorno seems not to have abandoned his paradoxical, life-long hope that philosophy might not be entirely closed to the idea of redemption. He prepares for an altogether different praxis, one no longer conceived in traditionally Marxist terms but rather to be gleaned from “metaphysical experience.”

In this collection, Adorno's literary executor has assembled the definitive introduction to his thinking. Its five sections anatomize the range of Adorno's concerns: “Toward a New Categorical Imperative,” “Damaged Life,” “Administered World, Reified Thought,” “Art, Memory of Suffering,” and “A Philosophy That Keeps Itself Alive.”

A substantial number of Adornos writings included appear here in English for the first time. This collection comes with an eloquent introduction from Rolf Tiedemann, the literary executor of Adornos work.

Book News Annotation:

A collection of 21 essays and excerpts that Adorno (1903-69) wrote after World War II. Livingstone seems also to have translated the introduction and extensive notes by Tiedemann; neither man is further identified. Ob nach Auschwitz noch sich leben lasse was first published by Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main in 1997. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"Can One Live after Auschwitz? provides a very useful cross-section of Adorno's work on the task of thought after the Holocaust."—The Years Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

“Despite his conviction that no philosophy could presume to approach an event like Auschwitz, this collection of Adorno's essays and aphorisms attests to his extraordinary effort to regard human suffering as the precondition of thought and as the undoing of all claims to totality. Adorno's cultural criticism emerges here as a moral philosophy for a ‘world that has outlived its own demise.”

—Anson Rabinbach, Princeton University

About the Author

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) was a prominent member of the Frankfurt School and one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Rolf Tiedemann is the literary executor of Adorno and of Walter Benjamin and the editor of the German editions of Adorno's collected works and his posthumous writings.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804731447
Editor:
Tiedemann, Rolf
Introduction:
Tiedemann, Rolf
Translator:
Livingstone, Rodney
Introduction by:
Tiedemann, Rolf
Introduction:
Tiedemann, Rolf
Editor:
Tiedemann, Rolf
Author:
de Vries, Hent
Author:
Adorno, Theodor
Author:
Bal, Mieke
Author:
Tiedemann, Rolf
Author:
Vries, Hent De
Author:
Adorno, Theodor Wiesengrund
Author:
Adorno, Theodor W.
Author:
Livingstone, Rodney
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Location:
Stanford, Calif.
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present
Series Volume:
G-9
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Can One Live after Auschwitz? provides a very useful cross-section of Adorno's work on the task of thought after the Holocaust."—The Years Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

“Despite his conviction that no philosophy could presume to approach an event like Auschwitz, this collection of Adorno's essays and aphorisms attests to his extraordinary effort to regard human suffering as the precondition of thought and as the undoing of all claims to totality. Adorno's cultural criticism emerges here as a moral philosophy for a ‘world that has outlived its own demise.”

—Anson Rabinbach, Princeton University

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