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Lectures on The Dialectic of Enlightenment

Over the last few months here at the University of Chicago, I ran an informal introductory course on The Dialectic of Enlightenment by Adorno and Horkheimer.  The course consists of seven two-hour, rather freewheeling lectures.  I thought I’d make available recordings of the lectures, along with accompanying handouts, for whoever might be interested.

We used this edition of the text.  The course covers only the first chapter (“The Concept of Enlightenment”) and the first Excursus (“Odysseus or Myth and Enlightenment”).

Caveat Emptor (1):  By no means am I an expert on Adorno, Horkheimer, or Dialectic of Enlightenment.  I often use my informal courses as opportunities to explore texts I’d like to understand better.  This is most definitely one of those cases.

Caveat Emptor (2):  The first lecture, unfortunately, cuts off after only 20 or so minutes.  It is, however, introductory.  It contained important introductory material, I think, but still, we don’t start talking about Dialectic itself until the second lecture.

The files can be accessed here.  Any and all questions/comments are most welcome!