Ben Watson Fantasy and Judgement: Adorno, Tolkien, Burroughs Fantasy in Marx and Adorno Writing in 1951, expanding on the Frankfurt School’s c r it iq u e o f US p o s it i v is m an d U SSR M ar x is m , Theodor Adorno had nothing but good to say of fantasy. Fantasy alone, today consigned to the realm of the unconscious and proscribed from knowledge as a childish, injudicious rudiment, can establish tha t rela t io n b etw een o b jec t s whi c h is the irrevocable source of all judgment: should fantasy be driven out, judgment too, the rea l act of knowledge, is exorcised. 1 Compared to the positivist triumphalism of super- powers who believed hydrogen bombs could settle their ideological differences, Adorno’s humanistic epistemology – knowledge as inseparable from the judging subject – may look like liberal hand-wringing. However, unlike Bertrand Russell and Jean-Paul Sartre, whose resistance to dominant powers was Historical Materialism , volume 10:4 (213–238) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2002 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 Adorno 1974, pp. 122–3. voluntarist and ethical, the Frankfurt School based its criticism on
Historical Materialism – Brill
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