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    Adorno's Aristotle Critique and Ethical Naturalism.Tom Whyman - 2017 - European Journal of Philosophy (4):1208-1227.
    In this paper, I do three things. First, I unpack and outline an intriguing but neglected aspect of the thought of the Frankfurt School critical theorist Theodor W. Adorno—namely, his critique of Aristotle, which can be found in two of his lecture series: the unpublished 1956 lectures on moral philosophy and the 1965 lectures published as Metaphysics: Concept and Problems. Second, I demonstrate how Adorno's Aristotle critique constitutes a powerful critique of contemporary neo-Aristotelian ethical naturalism, of the sort advocated by (...)
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    Radical Ethical Naturalism.Tom Whyman - 2018 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 44 (2):159-178.
    In this article, I identify – and clear up – two problems for contemporary neo-Aristotelian ethical naturalism. The first I call the problem of alienation; the second the problem of conservatism. I argue that these problems will persist, both for ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ forms of ethical naturalism, unless ethical naturalists adopt what I call ‘Practical Realism’ about essential human form. Such a Practical Realism leaves open the possibility of radical social and political criticism – I therefore suggest that contemporary ethical (...)
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    Understanding Adorno on ‘Natural-History’.Tom Whyman - 2016 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24 (4):452-472.
    ‘Natural-History’ is one of the key concepts in the thought of the Frankfurt School critical theorist Theodor W. Adorno, appearing from his very earliest work through to his very last. Unfortunately, the existing literature provides little illumination as to what Adorno’s concept of natural-history is, or what it is supposed to do. This paper thus seeks to supply the required understanding. Ultimately, I argue that ‘natural-history’ is best understood as a sort of ‘therapeutic’ concept, intended to dissolve certain philosophical anxieties (...)
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    Adorno and Existence by Peter E. Gordon. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016, 272 Pp. ISBN 9780674734784 Hb £21.95. [REVIEW]Tom Whyman - 2018 - European Journal of Philosophy 26 (3):1184-1186.
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    Adorno’s Wrong Life Claim and the Concept of Despair.Tom Whyman - 2016 - Hegel Bulletin:1-20.
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    Adorno’s Wrong Life Claim and the Concept of Despair.Tom Whyman - 2019 - Hegel Bulletin 40 (2):237-256.
    Adorno’s critical theory is distinguished by his affirming what I call the ‘Wrong Life Claim’, the claim that everything in existence exhibits wrongness or badness. This claim is notoriously hard to justify. The WLC, as I describe it, appears to rest on two things: the first is a form of Hegelian social holism; the second is some experience of or fundamental orientation towards reality which can motivate an ‘inversion’ of said holism. In this paper, I will leave aside questions of (...)
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    Freedom and Nature in McDowell and Adorno.Tom Whyman - 2015 - Dissertation, University of Essex
    John McDowell claims that a 'human' orientation towards the world is characterised by a 'deep connection' between reason and freedom. In this thesis, I argue that McDowell cannot make good on this coincidence, since his Platonic conception of rationality serves to bind free reflection in advance. This is a problem both for the 'minimal empiricism' that McDowell aims to secure in his magnum opus, Mind and World, as well as for the ostensibly liberal, anti-scientistic 'naturalism of second nature' that accompanies (...)
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    Forcing Materialism Upon Metaphysics: Three Approaches to Adorno's Method.Tom Whyman - 2019 - European Journal of Philosophy 27 (2):484-499.
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    P.F. Strawson’s Soft Naturalism: A Radicalisation and Defence.Tom Whyman - 2018 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 26 (4):561-581.
    ABSTRACTAnalytic philosophy is often associated with a physicalistic naturalism that privileges natural-scientific modes of explanation. Nevertheless there has since the 1980s been a heterodox, somewhat subterranean trend within analytic philosophy that seeks to articulate a more expansive, ‘non-reductive‘ conception of nature. This trend can be traced back to P.F. Strawson’s 1985 book Skepticism and Naturalism: Some Varieties. However, Strawson has long been ignored in the literature around ‘soft naturalism’ – especially in comparison to John McDowell. One of the reasons for (...)
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    The Irrational in the Rational, Or: John McDowell’s Dialectic of Enlightenment.Tom Whyman - forthcoming - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy:1-23.
    ABSTRACTPost-Kantian philosophers typically hold there to be a coincidence between reason and freedom. In this paper, I question their ability to secure this coincidence. I do so in particular by e...
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