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Dialectic of Enlightenment


Dialectic of Enlightenment (German: Dialektik der Aufklärung) is a work of philosophy and social criticism written by Frankfurt School philosophers Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno. The text was circulated among friends and colleagues in 1944 under the title of Philosophical Fragments (German: Philosophische Fragmente). A revised version was published under the title of Dialectic of Enlightenment in 1947. One of the core texts of critical theory, Dialectic of Enlightenment explores the socio-psychological status quo that had been responsible for what the Frankfurt School considered the failure of the Age of Enlightenment. Together with The Authoritarian Personality (1950; also co-authored by Adorno) and Frankfurt School member Herbert Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man (1964), it has had a major effect on 20th-century philosophy, sociology, culture, and politics, inspiring especially the New Left of the 1960s and 1970s.
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original title: Dialektik der Aufklärung
subtitle: Philosophische Fragmente
language: German
date of publication: 1947
genre: non-fiction literature
main subject: philosophy


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