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Adorno and Freedom

Feely, JT; (2015) Adorno and Freedom. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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My thesis forms a critical examination of Adorno’s treatment of the idea of freedom. I claim that, despite the pessimism of Adorno’s views concerning the unfreedom of the individual in contemporary society, he nonetheless offers a novel way of thinking about the possibilities of both individual and social freedom. In particular, I focus on his suggestion that impulses play an integral part in our experience of freedom, and I seek to show the way in which this relates to Adorno’s moral philosophy. I end with a consideration of how we should read his claims pertaining to the realisation of a wider social freedom. Throughout my examination, I identify aspects of Adorno’s account that are less feasible than others, and how, if at all, Adorno could meet any objections.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Adorno and Freedom
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471542
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