Adorno, Truth, and International Relations

  • Matthew Fluck


This chapter draws on Adorno to outline an account of truth as objective, unintentional, and emphatic. For Adorno truth is to be understood in terms of the expression of objectivity rather than correspondence or consensus. This conception of truth presents a means of drawing together the insights of Post-Positivists and Critical Realists. Adorno shows that anti-objectivism, not the concern with truth per se, is a source of abstraction. Thus, critical International Relations (IR) theorists have been right to address a critical epistemological problematic. Their efforts to do so can be rejuvenated with by abandoning the intersubjective conception of truth in favour of an objective Adornian conception.


International Relation Critical Theory World Politics International Politics Culture Industry 
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  • Matthew Fluck
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  1. 1.University of WestminsterLondonUnited Kingdom

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