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Archives of AuthorityEmpire, Culture, and the Cold War$
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Andrew N. Rubin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154152

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154152.001.0001

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Archives of Critical Theory

Archives of Critical Theory

(p.74) Chapter 4 Archives of Critical Theory
Archives of Authority

Andrew N. Rubin

Princeton University Press

This chapter turns to Institute for Social Research (or Frankfurt School) member Theodor Adorno as the partial representation of the experience of exile in terms of the ideology of positivism, which had damaged the very category of experience in general. Positivism and empiricism had reduced reality to a prosaic and administered calculus, the effect of which was embodied in the position of the exile when confronted with modernity. Moreover, as Adorno writes, “It is unmistakably clear to the intellectual from abroad that he will have to eradicate himself as an autonomous being if he hopes to achieve anything.” In postwar Germany, his critique of positivism would face new, mostly institutional challenges.

Keywords:   Theodor Adorno, Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt School, positivism, empiricism, exile, institutional challenges, exiled intellectual

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