McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Critical Theory, Ethics, Theodor Adorno, Thomas Aquinas, Wrong Life
Theodor Adorno's ethical thought is encapsulated in his famous aphorism "Wrong life cannot be lived rightly." This dissertation explicates this alarming declaration, revealing the metaphysical, epistemological, and anthropological analyses that place Adorno's ethical thought into this intractable predicament. I argue that Adorno's ethical thought, while of absolute importance and worthy of consideration, can be moved forward through an engagement with the ethical thought of Thomas Aquinas, toward the possibility of right life.
Hampshire, B. (2014). Is Wrong Life All That Is Possible? Adorno and Aquinas on Ethics (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/623