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By Theodor W. Adorno, Christoph Ziermann

ISBN-10: 0745693113

ISBN-13: 9780745693118

This quantity includes Adorno?s first lectures in particular devoted to the topic of the dialectic, an idea which has been key to philosophical debate due to the fact classical occasions. whereas discussing connections with Plato and Kant, Adorno concentrates at the such a lot systematic improvement of the dialectic in Hegel's philosophy, and its dating to Marx, in addition to elaborating his personal perception of dialectical pondering as a serious reaction to this tradition.

Delivered in the summertime semester of 1958, those lectures let Adorno to discover and probe the numerous problems and demanding situations this fashion of considering posed in the cultural and highbrow context of the post-war interval. during this connection he develops the thesis of a complementary dating among positivist or functionalist methods, fairly within the social sciences, in addition to calling for the renewal of ontological and metaphysical modes of idea which try and go beyond the abstractness of recent social event by way of entice regressive philosophical different types. whereas offering an account of many crucial topics of Hegelian suggestion, he additionally alludes to a complete variety of alternative philosophical, literary and inventive figures of principal value to his belief of serious idea, particularly Walter Benjamin and the belief of a constellation of suggestions because the version for an 'open or fractured dialectic' past the restrictions of procedure and system.

These lectures are professional with energetic anecdotes and private reminiscences which permit the reader to glimpse what has been defined because the 'workshop' of Adorno?s notion. As such, they supply an amazing access aspect for all scholars and students within the humanities and social sciences who're drawn to Adorno?s paintings in addition to these looking to comprehend the character of dialectical thinking.

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This is not to suggest, of course, that all of you have already engaged in such considerations. But I believe that, if you reflect for a moment and, above all, examine the need which would generally lead you to concern yourselves with philosophy at all, you will discover that this equation of philosophical questions with such first principles that need to be established appears self-evident. Now the dialectical approach has directed its criticism at this very point - and I might add in parenthesis here that it is one of the signs of the degeneration of the second version of dialectical thought, namely the materialist version, that this specific impulse has not been recognized and that matter as such or the material conditions of social existence have now themselves been turned into an absolute first principle which simply needs to be secured from the start.

In order to approach an experience of being which is original, in a historical and a structural sense, and to lay bare the meaning of being as temporality in all its implications, the analysis of human existence as Dasein must retrace the process through which the tradition has covered over the significance of the question concerning the meaning of being (Martin Heidegger, Sein und Zeit, 15th edn, Tiibingen, 1979, pp. 19ff. ; Being and Time, trans. John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson, Oxford, 19 67, pp .

24. (Hegel, Phiinomenologie des Geistes, pp. 37f; Phenomenology of Spirit, p. '), where Hegel refers to his Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences and says : 'Here we may quote from it only this, that there is nothing in heaven or nature or spirit or anywhere else that does not contain just as much immediacy as mediation, so that both these determinations prove to be unseparated and inseparable and the opposition between them nothing real' (Hegel, Wissenschaft der Logik I, p. 66; Science ofLogic, p.

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