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Autonomy After Auschwitz: Adorno, German Idealism, and Modernity Hardcover – September 12, 2014
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While the main argument running through the book is both intriguing and important, I found _Autonomy After Auschwitz_ to be just as valuable for the many discussions along the way that (in addition to their role in the overall scheme) are powerful in their own right. The second chapter analyzes the difficult but essential concept of the “highest good” in Kant and traces its development throughout Kant’s works, while the fourth chapter provides a reading of the transition to “Absolute Knowing” in Hegel’s _Phenomenology of Spirit_, developing in particular the central and ongoing role played there by mutual recognition. Both of these discussions are crucial contributions to Kant and Hegel scholarship and open up exciting possibilities for further exploration. Additionally, throughout the book, Professor Shuster engages with contemporary discussions of intentionality, language, community, and action (in particular with figures such as McDowell, Brandom, Anscombe, and Cavell).
Ultimately, what might be most valuable of all, however, is the ethical project that _Autonomy After Auschwitz_ foregrounds as the payoff of this powerful theorizing, one that cuts to the heart of who we are--together and to each other--and one that is as urgent as it is compelling, particularly for a world “after Auschwitz.” I enjoyed it immensely and learned a lot. Very highly recommended.