Jargon of Authenticity

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ISBN 978-0-8101-0407-5
Publication Date
January 1973
Page Count
165 pages
Trim Size
5 1/4 x 7 1/2

Jargon of Authenticity

Theodor W. Adorno

The Jargon of Authenticity is Theodor W. Adorno’s critique of German existentialism. As an expression of the Frankfurt school of critical theory, Adorno’s critique is a Hegelian-Marxist response to the existential rejection of critical reason. Although this analysis focuses upon twentieth-century German existentialism, especially its post–World War II diffusion, the basic concern is its notion of subjectivity. That is, Adorno’s critique is itself an attempt to transcend and include in the perspective of critical reason the truth of the existentialist concern for the fundamentalness of human subjectivity.

Dialectically conceived “subjectivity” is historically formed and yet not reducible to historical determinations: history subjectivity is reconstructed from the framework of reflective critique in that the limits of constitutive synthesis establish the range of possible experience.

About the Author

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) taught at Frankfurt, Oxford, and Princeton Universities. In addition to The Jargon of Authenticity, he is the author of Minima Moralia and (with Max Horkheimer) The Dialectic of Enlightenment, among other titles.