Critical Theory at Work: "50 Years On: New Readings of Adorno"

International Workshop in Berlin on December 5–6, 2019

At the Adorno Conference in Frankfurt 2003 Axel Honneth spoke of a “dramatic departure” from Adorno’s theory and lamented the lack of a “vital, exciting research milieu”. This is no longer the case today. New readings of Adorno made his thoughts fruitful for contemporary systematic debates.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Adorno’s death this year, we are organizing an international workshop that will bring together representatives of these new readings. Together we want to discuss how, by going back to Adorno, we can deepen contemporary debates in the philosophy of language, moral and social philosophy.

With our workshop we want to follow Adorno’s example by connecting topics of social philosophy with epistemological and aesthetic questions. In this way, we not only want to do justice to the complexity of Adorno’s thinking, but also counteract the constrictions of an increasingly specialized philosophical landscape.

With contributions from Jay Bernstein, Julia Christ, Fabian Freyenhagen, Katia Genel, Agnès Grivaux, Antonia Hofstätter, Philip Hogh, Bastian Ronge, Arvi Särkelä.

Registration is required to participate in the workshop. Unfortunately, the number of available seats is limited. Please register at workshops.sozialphilosophie(at)hu-berlin(dot)de. The workshop papers will be made available to all registered and admitted participants.