The idea that Adorno should be read as a “realist” of any sort may indeed sound odd. And unpacking from Adorno’ s elusive prose a credible and useful normative reconstruction of epistemology and metaphysics will take some work. But we argue that he should be added to the growing group of epistemologists and metaphysicians who have been developing post-positivist versions of realism such as contextual, internal, pragmatic and critical realisms. These latter realisms, however, while helpfully showing how realism can coexist with ontological pluralism, for example, as well as a highly contextualised account of knowledge, have not developed a political reflexivity about how the object of knowledge—the real—is constructed. As a field, then, post-positivist realisms have been politically naïve, which is perhaps why they have not enjoyed more influence among Continental philosophers.
Martín Alcoff, Linda and Shomali, Alireza
"Adorno’s Dialectical Realism,"
Symposium (Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy / Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale):
2, Article 4.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/symposium/vol14/iss2/4