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Adorno and the disenchantment of nature. / Stone, Alison.

In: Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 32, No. 2, 03.2006, p. 231-254.

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Stone, A 2006, 'Adorno and the disenchantment of nature', Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 231-254. https://doi.org/10.1177/0191453706061094

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Stone, A. (2006). Adorno and the disenchantment of nature. Philosophy and Social Criticism, 32(2), 231-254. https://doi.org/10.1177/0191453706061094

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Stone A. Adorno and the disenchantment of nature. Philosophy and Social Criticism. 2006 Mar;32(2):231-254. https://doi.org/10.1177/0191453706061094

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Stone, Alison. / Adorno and the disenchantment of nature. In: Philosophy and Social Criticism. 2006 ; Vol. 32, No. 2. pp. 231-254.

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