Perhaps Adorno thought he had thte one true story, but as he makes clear in
Negative Dialectics, that one true story is the impossibility fo philsophy
providing that story, but also the necessity of the labor. Likewise,
Enlightenment for Adorno is not "the one true ways" but a specific
dialectical relation to truth that by privileging a kind of value-free
instrucmental or practical reason leads to the unquestionned domination of
kind of bureauccratized scientism. Adorno and Horkeimer saw a direct
relation between Auschwitz and the Enlightenment.

>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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Paul Allen Miller
Director of Comparative Literature and Assoc. Prof. of Classics
Program in Comparative Literature
University of South Carolina
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