Negative Dialectics (Negative Dialectics Ppr)

Negative Dialectics (Negative Dialectics Ppr)

Theodor W. Adorno

Language: English

Pages: 440

ISBN: 0826401325

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The major work and Adorno's culminating achievement. Negative Dialectics is a critique of the philosophies of Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger, and a visionary elaboration of the author's own vision of dialectics.

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dispensing with reflection, is potentially always tantamount to recognizing it the way it is; virtually all thoughts, on the other hand, cause a negative motion. Of course, all his statements to the contrary notwithstanding, Hegel left the subject’s primacy over the object unchallenged. It is disguised merely by the semi-theological word “spirit” with its indelible memories of individual subjectivity. The bill for this is presented in the excessive formality of Hegel’s logic. According * “The

it,”14 and according to Logic, quantity is “itself a quality.” It retains its relevance in quantitative form; and the quantum returns to quality.15 QUALITY AND INDIVIDUAL Corresponding to the quantifying tendency on the subjective side was the reduction of the knower to a purely logical universal without qualities. True, the qualities would be free only at an objective stage no longer limited to quantification, no longer having quantification drilled into the man who must make a mental

from the problematics of the ontological need itself. It can no more be quenched by that sort of philosophy than it could once be quenched by the transcendental system. This is why ontology has become shrouded in vapors. In line with an older German tradition, it puts the question above the answer; where it keeps owing what it promised, it has consolingly raised failure as such to existential rank. The weight of questions in philosophy differs indeed from the weight they have in special sciences,

failure will commend itself as higher truth, as an authentic answer to the question that has been begged. Lest it be insufficiently authentic, the so-called question of Being condenses into a zero-dimensional point: into what it admits as the sole true-born meaning of Being. It turns into a ban on any step beyond this, and finally into a ban on any step beyond the tautology whose manifestation in Heidegger’s prose is that time and again the self-uncovering Being says nothing else but “Being.”7 If

Platform, told the Lassalleans that in contrast to the customary litany of popular socialists labor was not the sole source of social wealth,10 he was philosophically—at a time when the official philosophical thematics lay already behind him— saying no less than that labor could not be hypostatized in any form, neither in the form of diligent hands nor in that of mental 177

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