Adorno and Marx

Osborne, Peter (2020) Adorno and Marx. In: Gordon, Peter E. , Hammer, Espen and Pensky, Max, (eds.) A companion to Adorno. Oxford, U.K. : Blackwell. pp. 303-319. (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy) ISBN 9781119146919 (In Press)


This essay reconstructs the place of Marx’s thought within Adorno’s writings from his 1931 inaugural lecture to his famous 1962 seminar on Marx. It focuses on three areas: the critique and transformation of philosophy; the sociology of the commodification of art; and the social ontology of the objectivity of illusions, derived from the critique of political economy. Adorno, it argues, ended his academic life significantly more of a Marxist than he had entered it, leaving a legacy that was distinctive both for its dialectical appropriation of Marx’s critique – and suspended supersession – of philosophy and for its philosophical interpretation of Marx’s critique of political economy.

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