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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; New Ed edition (27 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859841546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859841549
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.3 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno were two influential members of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wiggly on 29 Jan. 2015
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This piece is absolutely amazing. Where Hume allowed Kant to awaken from his dogmatic slumber, so H&A drew me out of my own slumber. Another comment here describes this piece as 'the high watermark' of Western philosophy. I could not agree more.
What I want to draw attention to here however is the edition. The Verso edition is full of translation errors, typos, and is generally considered a poor edition. I highly recommend the edition published by Stanton University Press (2002). Not only the translation but also the typeface, the cover, the whole feel of the book does this great work justice.
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70 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2000
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Horkheimer and Adorno's post-war exposition of the dark underbelly of modernity retains a fantastic relevance to this day. While the enlightenment project has suffered a recent battering it is still the fundamental determinate of Western post-industrial society. Reason, rationality, the rule of science over nature are still conceptual benchmarks for our modalities of thought. The dialectic of enlightenment serves as a constant reminder of the potential that we all have to give in to nature, to our passions and our senses. Lurking beneath the veneer of 'civilisation' and 'progress' lie more sinister corrolaries which act in dialectical congruence thereby perpetuating the risk of eventualities such as the holocaust. The book does require a patient reading, but if you give the idiosyncratic style a little time it shouldn't prove too impervious.
James Bell
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Dudarec on 14 Mar. 2010
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In my humble opinion this work is quite simply the high water mark of Western thinking. There has never been an adequate response by any writer. Post-Modernism means after Modernism, this book destroys the whole concept of the Modern, before the Post-Modernists were even around....
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By Mr H. on 22 July 2015
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All time classic arrived on time.
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By Christopher Titmuss on 31 Dec. 2014
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