By Fabian Freyenhagen
Theodor W. Adorno encouraged a lot of Germany’s Nineteen Sixties pupil stream, yet he got here more and more into clash with this circulation in regards to the sensible implications of his severe idea. Others – together with his pal and colleague Herbert Marcuse – additionally accused Adorno of a quietism that's politically objectionable and in contradiction along with his personal thought. listed here, I reconstruct, and in part protect, Adorno’s perspectives on idea and (political) praxis in Germany’s Sixties in eleven theses. His usually attacked and maligned stance through the Sixties is predicated on his research of those historic situations. placed provocatively, his stance is composed within the view that folks within the Sixties have attempted to alter the realm, in quite a few methods; the purpose – at the moment – was once to interpret it.
This article was once initially conceived as a part of Adorno’s functional Philosophy and may be regarded as quintessential to it.