Adorno’s Positive Dialectic by Yvonne Sherratt

By Yvonne Sherratt

This publication bargains a greatly new interpretation of the paintings of Theodor Adorno. unlike the normal view that Adorno’s is in essence a serious philosophy, Yvonne Sherratt strains systematically a utopian thesis that pervades all of the significant facets of Adorno’s suggestion. She locations Adorno’s paintings within the context of German Idealist and later Marxist and Freudian traditions, after which analyses his key works to teach how the cultured, epistemological, mental, historic, and social proposal interconnect to shape a utopian image.

“It is a publication which needs to be learn not just via students and scholars of severe idea but in addition of these attracted to Adorno who, regardless of themselves, yearn to explain the glass as being part full.” —Philosophy in Review

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And Horkheimer, M. (1979), p. 190. Note that, in view of Adorno’s sensitivity to history’s role, his conception of ‘human nature’ is something that must include the historical. This development of a conception of a ‘historicised human nature’ is a key concern which we address in the second part of our prelude. Adorno writes, ‘the point is rather that Enlightenment must examine itself’ Adorno, T. and Horkheimer, M. (1979), p. xv. ” Kant’s Werke, (Akademie-Ausgabe), Vol. VIII, p. 35, quoted in Adorno, T.

Adorno’s Intellectual Tradition: German Philosophy 37 Marx these include the feudal model, early industrial capitalism, and, later, more advanced forms. Over the course of time, Marx argues that the means of production grow and concomitant tensions within socio-economic relations develop. These tensions entail a separation – which constitutes a condition of ‘alienation’79 – between the owners of the means of production on the one hand, and the non-owning producers on the other. The latter class, infamously, are exploited in Marx’s view and the resultant class tension generates the eventual politicisation of the exploited class80 .

The teleological process of history has further characteristic features for Hegel. History unfolds through the internal unravelling of two inextricably 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 See Hardimon, 1994, for an excellent book length interpetation of Hegel’s social philosophy as the project of social reconciliation. For a distinct view see Taylor, C. (1979), esp. pp. 14–16, 22–3, 49–50. See Hardimon, (1994), pp. 84–122. As Hegel expresses it, ‘The goal, Absolute Knowing . . ’ PhS. p. 493. , p. 493. My emphasis.

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