Dialectic of Enlightenment

2 Sep, 2021 at 15:20 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Dialectic of Enlightenment

Dialectic of Enlightenment: 15 (Verso Classics): Amazon.co.uk: Adorno,  Theodor W., Horkheimer, Max: 9781859841549: BooksEnlightenment, understood in the widest sense as the advance of thought, has always aimed at liberating human beings from fear and installing them as masters. Yet the wholly enlightened earth is radiant with triumphant calamity.

Whereas the unconscious colossus of real existence, subjectless capitalism, inflicts its destruction blindly, the deludedly rebellious subject is willing to see that destruction as its fulfillment, and, together with the biting cold it emits toward human beings misused as things, it also radiates the perverted love which, in the world of things, takes the place of love in its immediacy.

What we had set out to do was nothing less than to explain why humanity, instead of entering a truly human state, is sinking into a new kind of barbarism.

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