The theological underpinnings of Theodor W. Adorno's thought are nowhere clearer than in his insistence that reconciliation (Versöhnung) is a form of redemption (Erlösung). This essay charts the relation between these two terms by looking at Adorno's dialectically mortified theology as it plays out in his philosophy of history as well as his historical anthropology and lays a particular emphasis on the peculiar role that the figure of Judaism plays in them.

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