Saying things that hurt: Adorno as educator

Thesis Eleven 110 (1):68-82 (2012)
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This article suggests reading Theodor Adorno not as a notoriously pessimistic sociologist but as a committed public educator. Partly drawing on still unpublished transcripts of lectures, public talks and radio broadcasts from the 1950s and ’60s, the article offers an account of Adorno’s concept and practice of a ‘democratic pedagogy’. The key question is how we should understand the difference between Adorno the social philosopher, on the one hand, and Adorno the educator, on the other. It is argued that Adorno’s pedagogical interventions are not a footnote to his social theory, but a key to understanding his entire oeuvre.

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