Reason and Horror: Critical Theory, Democracy and Aesthetic Individuality

Author:   Morton Schoolman
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9780415930284


Pages:   300
Publication Date:   13 September 2001
Format:   Paperback
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Reason and Horror: Critical Theory, Democracy and Aesthetic Individuality


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Morton Schoolman explores what makes humankind capable of genocide in this fascinating interpretation of Horkheimer and Adorno. He recasts their views on diversity and individuality before and after the Holocaust, as well as re-examining Nietzsche and even Whitman and Tocqueville. He argues that the sensibility the Critical Theorists argued for is actually nurtured in a democracy, and concludes that to avoid the possibility of genocide people must also change the way they feel, and cultivate an aesthetic sensibility.

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Author:   Morton Schoolman
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.499kg
ISBN:  

9780415930284


ISBN 10:   0415930286
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   13 September 2001
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Have you bumped into moralists who condemn the 'aestheticization' of ethics and politics? Schoolman shows how they cut off their noses to spite their faces. Reason and Horror is thought provoking in its readings of Adorno and Nietzsche, and captivating in its uses of Whitman and Tocqueville. This is a lively and engaging work. -- William E. Connolly, Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University ...In a fascinating new study, Morton Schoolman marshals novel readings of each theorist to argue for the value of a democratic policy in creating and sustaining what he terms aesthetic individuality, an ehical disposition toward the other that values difference as a resource in the ongoing project of forming the self. -- Shane Gunster, Ryerson University Reason and Horror has much to offer, and its core principle of aesthetic individuality offers an intriguing discussion of relevance of aesthetics to questions of ethics and politics. -- Shane Gunster, Ryerson University A provocative contribution to current efforts to better understand how the aesthetic dimension relates to ethical-political life. Schoolman takes us down a fascinating and surprising path toward the articulation of a notion of 'aesthetic individuality' that draws as much upon Horkheimer and Adorno as on Walt Whitman and de Tocqueville. -- Stephen K. White, Professor Political Science, University of Virginia Reason and Horror is not only instructive, it's stimulating. It stirs by its articulateness, by its profundity, and by a general spiritedness. I found the treatment of the Adorno-Nietszche aesthetics connection to be a triumph. Anyone interested in political, social, or cultural theory must find the work fascinating and enriching. Morton Schoolman has written a major book. -- George Kateb, Professor of Political Science, Princeton University The best account of Adorno and Horkheimer's thought available. Schoolman makes their thought come to life. Reason and Horror is of great value not only to understanding Adorno and Horkheimer, but to understanding the influence of the Holocaust on political thought in the latter half of the Twentieth Century. -- Shadia Drury, Professor Political Science, University of Calgary


'Reason and Horror stirs by its articulateness and its profundity. Mort Schoolman has written a major book.' - George Kateb, Princeton University- 'The best account of Adorno and Horkheimer's thought available. Schoolman makes their thought come to life.' - Shadia Drury, author of Leo Strauss and The American Right-


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Morton Schoolman is Professor of Political Science at SUNY Albany, and the author of The Imaginary Witness: The Critical Theory of Herbert Marcuse.

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