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The Administered World1
The Administered World
Hans-Ernst Schiller Lars Fischer

Horkheimer and Adorno first publicly introduced the term ‘administered world’ during a radio discussion with Eugen Kogon in 1950.2 The term became more widely known when it featured in the subtitle of Adorno’s collection Dissonanzen. Musik in der verwalteten Welt [Dissonances. Music in the Administered World], published in 1956. The notions associated with the term have deep roots in the previous evolution of critical theory. This concerns the theory of state capitalism developed by Friedrich Pollock and the concept of reason discussed especially in Horkheimer’s Eclipse of Reason but also in numerous essays written in the 1930s and 1940s. With his essay ‘Some Social Implications of Modern Technology’ of ...

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