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on 21 April 2000
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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on 14 March 2010
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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on 29 January 2015
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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on 10 April 2016
Ah.... Adorno. Read the book. Become annoyed with everything you see. But learn from it. Its a great read. Dense, very dense, but worth it. Plus props for being THAT entitled and pretentious person on the Underground reading Adorno on their way to work.
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on 22 July 2015
All time classic arrived on time.
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on 13 October 2015
Quick delivery and no problems
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on 31 December 2014
thank you
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