Adorno is operating out of a meta-narrative provided
by the Frankfort School variety of Marxism. This is a
privileged frame for Adorno. Adorno thinks the story
he is telling about culture and state power is the one
true story rather than just one story among the many
one might choose to tell.
For Adorno, enlightenment is a matter of seeing
the real and final truth behind events. For Foucault,
enlightenment is a matter of realizing that there is
no one true story, just various stories that various
people tell for various reasons.
See his preface to "The Order of Things" where he
talks about the Borges story where a classification of
objects in the world is put forth. It includes such
catagories as "objects belonging to the Emperor" and
"objects which are drawn with a fine camel hair
brush". The point of this is that the catagories we
use to sort out things and events and try to make
sense of them are always a bit arbitary. Being well
socialized in a cultrue means precisely not seeing the
catagories most central to the way that culture
constructs meaning as arbitary.
Adorno disagrees with this. He was still searching
for a way of looking at things in general which was
"true" in the sense of being based on catagories which
where not just arbitary. He thought he had something
close to this in the refined Marxism of his Frankfort
School. He would have admitted that his system still
needed a bit of work but was committed to the idea
that the final goal of social science was a theory of
society which was not just one story among many but
the one true story.

--- Eun-joo Cho <joosea@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> What's the main difference between Foucault and
> Adorno's view on
> Enlightenment?
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