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Much of Adorno's material that has been discussed here could not be considered his major works, with the exception of Negative Dialectics. But the latter, as has been noted, does carry on the essential philosophical and political orientation of some of his earlier work, work that may not be the most important of his career but work that has garnered much attention since the revival of critical theory by the New Left in the 1960s. The focus here has been the way in which Adorno and others analyzed aspects of modernity from a dialectical perspective. It is noted in chapters four and seven the absence of any meaningful divisions of population or classes where analysis might be usefully drawn to specific instances of internal relations and social action. Adorno's position is that if there is to be any mediation, it cannot involve only a part or fraction of the whole.

Keywords: Adorno; mediation; Negative Dialectics



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