Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin have emerged as figures of great importance in the current debates about modernity. The central and privileged place of the philosophical problem of modernity has been threatened by the possibility advanced by Jean-Francois Lyotard that modernity as a project is over and the new concern is the postmodern. The work of Adorno and Benjamin is the background against which the problems of modernity and postmodernity are addressed in this volume. This collection brings together some of the most innovative academics working in the area of European radical philosophy. Issues covered range from art, literature and music to feminism and Judaism.
1. Adorno, Poststructuralism and the Critique of Identity Peter Dews 2. Adorno and the Metaphysics of Modernism: The Problem of a 'Postmodern' Art Peter Osborne 3. Art Against Enlightenment: Adorno's Critique of Habermas Jay Bernstein 4. Music, Language and Modernity Andrew Bowie 5. Feminism and Postmodernism: Misleading Divisions Imposed by the Opposition between Modernism and Postmodernism Joanna Hodge 6. Benjamin's Flaneur and the Problem of Realism John Rignall 7. Tradition and Experience: Walter Banjamin's 'On Some Motifs in Baudelaire' Andrew Benjamin 8. The Invisible Flaneuse: Women and the Literature of Modernity Janet Wolff 9. On Some Jewish Motifs in Benjamin Irving Wohlfarth