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Challenging and enlightening, if difficult at first.
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.