Two new interpretations of Adorno: Pippin and Honneth

Brincat, Shannon K. (2010) Two new interpretations of Adorno: Pippin and Honneth. Constellations, 17 1: 167-174. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8675.2009.00579.x

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Author Brincat, Shannon K.
Title Two new interpretations of Adorno: Pippin and Honneth
Journal name Constellations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1351-0487
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8675.2009.00579.x
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 167
End page 174
Total pages 8
Editor Andrew Arato
Amy Allen
Andreas Kalyvas
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 1601 Anthropology
2203 Philosophy
Formatted abstract
The recent works of Robert B. Pippin and Axel Honneth offer two distinct revisions on the thought and legacy of Theodor W. Adorno for contemporary political philosophy. Their reinterpretations mark an important shift for the tradition of critical theory as it moves from what Honneth has labeled the “negativist form of social critique” – which flowed from a particular reading of Adorno’s work, most notably in French post-structuralism – towards new horizons1. In this review essay, I contend that Pippin and Honneth offer compatible, yet distinct, views on Adorno and offer an alternative trajectory for the future developments of critical theory. On the one hand, Pippin, through the work of Adorno, offers a cogent defense of realizing the ideal of bourgeois freedom for achieving the self-conscious, active, self-determining subject2. On the other, Honneth has reinterpreted Adorno’s thought as a means to ground critical theory’s type of normative social theorizing and its concern with human emancipation in existing social reality.

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Additional Notes Published under "Review Essays". Subtitle: "The Persistence of Subjectivity: On The Kantian Aftermath. By Robert B. Pippin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005; Disrespect: The Normative Foundations of Critical Theory. By Axel Honneth. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007."

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