Lectures on Negative Dialectics: Fragments of a Lecture Course 1965/1966

Lectures on Negative Dialectics: Fragments of a Lecture Course 1965/1966

Theodor W. Adorno


This quantity contains one of many key lecture classes best as much as the ebook in 1966 of Adorno's significant paintings, Negative Dialectics. those lectures specialise in constructing the techniques serious to the introductory part of that e-book. They express Adorno as an embattled thinker defining his personal technique one of the winning tendencies of the time. As a serious theorist, he repudiated the tired Marxist stereotypes nonetheless dominant within the Soviet bloc – he in particular addresses his comments to scholars who had escaped from the East within the interval top as much as the development of the Berlin Wall in 1961. inspired as he used to be by means of the empirical colleges of proposal he had encountered within the usa, he however persevered to withstand what he observed as their hand over to medical and mathematical abstraction. besides the fact that, their effect was once powerful adequate to avoid him from reverting to the conventional idealisms nonetheless favourite in Germany, or to their most up-to-date manifestations within the form of the recent ontology of Heidegger and his disciples. as an alternative, he makes an attempt to outline, probably extra easily and completely than within the ultimate released model, a ‘negative', i.e. serious, method of philosophy. Permeating the entire booklet is Adorno’s feel of the overpowering energy of totalizing, dominating platforms within the post-Auschwitz international. highbrow negativity, as a result, commits him to the obdurate defence of people – either evidence and other people – who stubbornly refuse to turn into built-in into ‘the administered world’.

These lectures show Adorno to be a full of life and fascinating lecturer. He makes severe calls for on his listeners yet consistently manages to brighten up his arguments with observations on philosophers and writers corresponding to Proust and Brecht and reviews on present occasions. Heavy highbrow artillery is mixed with a priority for his scholars’ progress.

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