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Ideas of T Adorno / M Horkheimer, by Text

[German, fl. 1944, Famous pair who worked together in 1944.]

1944 Dialectic of Enlightenment
p.6 Adorno and Horkheimer subjected the Enlightenment to 'critical theory' analysis
     Full Idea: Adorno and Horkheimer's analysis of Enlightenment sets the agenda for the subsequent development of critical theory.
     From: report of T Adorno / M Horkheimer (Dialectic of Enlightenment [1944]) by James Gordon Finlayson - Habermas Ch.1:07
p.118 p.118 De Sade said it was impossible to rationally argue against murder
     Full Idea: De Sade trumpeted far and wide the impossibility of deriving from reason any fundamental argument against murder.
     From: T Adorno / M Horkheimer (Dialectic of Enlightenment [1944], p.118)
     A reaction: [They focus on 'Juliette'] This is a big problem for utilitarians, because murdering an unhappy person may maximise happiness. Presumably a maniac could will universal carnage, and thus thwart Kant.