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By Renée J. Heberle

Adorno is frequently omitted of the 'canon' of impacts on modern feminist concept, yet those essays express that his paintings grants worthwhile fabric for feminist puzzling over quite a lot of concerns. Theodor Adorno used to be a number one student of the Institute for Social examine in Frankfurt, Germany, differently referred to as the Frankfurt institution. With Max Horkheimer he contributed to the development of serious theorizing approximately Enlightenment philosophy and modernity. Inflected via Kant, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud, Adorno's pondering defies effortless categorization. Ranging around the disciplines of philosophy, musicology, and sociology, his paintings has had an influence in lots of fields. His 'Dialectic of Enlightenment' (written with Max Horkheimer) used to be profoundly influential as a critique of fascistic and authoritarian impulses in Enlightenment considering within the context of overdue capitalism. Questions addressed within the quantity diversity from dilemmas in feminist aesthetic idea to the politics of discomfort and democratic thought. The essays are exemplary as works in interdisciplinary scholarship, overlaying a variety of matters and concepts in feminism as authors significantly interpret the numerous features of Adorno's paintings. They take Adorno's historic situatedness as a pupil under consideration whereas exploring the relevance of his rules for post-Enlightenment feminist conception. His philosophical and cultural investigations encourage reconsideration of Enlightenment rules in addition to a rethinking of 'postmodern' rules approximately id and the self. Feminist Interpretations of Theodor Adorno will introduce feminists to Adorno's paintings and Adorno students to modes of feminist critique. it will likely be specifically beneficial for senior undergraduate and graduate classes in modern political, social, and cultural concept.

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Perhaps we can end with an important reminder of Adorno, which causes us to reflect on our position as professionals in the academy: ‘‘The departmentalization of mind is a means of abolishing mind where it is not exercised ex officio, under contract. It performs this task ex officio, under contract. It performs this task all the more reliably since anyone who repudiates the division of labour—if only by taking pleasure in his work—makes himself vulnerable by its standards in ways inseparable from elements of his superiority.

7 Here Adorno reminds us of the central lesson of Negative Dialectics. We need to step back and allow for a slowed-down pace of thinking in order to estrange our world and see what is all too familiar as unheimlich in order to keep in touch with what is speeded up by the culture industry. I deeply agree with Adorno on the relationship between thought and critical distance, and this means that within feminism we should never demand that all thinking have an immediate practical application. I have been at many conferences in which the tension between those committed to ‘‘theory’’ and those committed to ‘‘practice’’ reached such a point .................

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