Adorno on Nature

Adorno on Nature

by Deborah Cook


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Decades before the environmental movement emerged in the 1960s, Adorno condemned our destructive and self-destructive relationship to the natural world, warning of the catastrophe that may result if we continue to treat nature as an object that exists exclusively for our own benefit. "Adorno on Nature" presents the first detailed examination of the pivotal role of the idea of natural history in Adorno's work. A comparison of Adorno's concerns with those of key ecological theorists - social ecologist Murray Bookchin, ecofeminist Carolyn Merchant, and deep ecologist Arne Naess - reveals how Adorno speaks directly to many of today's most pressing environmental issues. Ending with a discussion of the philosophical conundrum of unity in diversity, "Adorno on Nature" also explores how social solidarity can be promoted as a necessary means of confronting environmental problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844652556
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/21/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Deborah Cook is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Windsor, Canada. She is author of The Culture Industry Revisited: Theodor W. Adorno on Mass Culture, and Adorno, Habermas, and the Search for a Rational Society, and editor of Theodor Adorno: Key Concepts (2008).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Abbreviations ix

Introduction 1

1 Critical materialism 7

2 Nature, red in tooth and claw 34

3 Thought thinking itself 62

4 Adornos endgame 91

5 Adorno and radical ecology 121

Conclusion 155

Notes 163

Bibliography 182

Index 192

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