Adorno horkheimer analyze this by means of various cultural metaphors which in highly abstract contradictory and aesthetic language especially the parts by adorno trace the development of enlightenment and its subsequent dark side throughout an equally metaphorical history of culture and ideas. Dialectic of enlightenment is undoubtedly the most influential publication of the frankfurt school of critical theory written during the second world war and circulated privately it appeared in a printed edition in amsterdam in 1947 what we had set out to do the authors write in the preface . Dialectic of enlightenment german dialektik der aufklrung is a work of philosophy and social criticism written by frankfurt school philosophers max horkheimer and theodor w adorno and first published in 1944 a revised version appeared in 1947 one of the core texts of critical theory dialectic of enlightenment explores the socio psychological status quo that had been responsible for . Dialectic of enlightenment is quite justifiably one of the most celebrated and often cited works of modern social philosophy it has been identified as the keystone of the frankfurt school of which theodor adorno and max horkheimer were the leading members and does not cease to impress in its wide ranging ambition and panache. Theodor adorno and max horkheimer wrote dialectic of enlightenment following the atrocities of world war two in the introduction to dialectic of enlightenment adorno and horkheimer set forth their goal as an attempt to figure out why humanity has sunk into a new kind of barbarism instead of shifting into a new state of the human condition
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