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Negative Dialectics (Negative Dialectics Ppr) 2nd Edition
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Adorno addresses the relationship between the concept and the nonconceptualities, which is nothing more that the relationship between discourse and the Other in post-structuralist phraseology. The text is extraordinarily difficult - not always a problem explainable via the difficulties of the ideas involved - and I often find myself spending an hour reading and re-reading a page or two before being able to come to terms with the content. Personally, I enjoy such difficult reading, however, and find it an avenue for developing critical reasoning skills at the sime time as I re-investigate the problems addressed in the difficult prose.
I highly recommend this text for anyone interested in pessemistic, carefully thought-out discourses on the limits placed on understanding by the "pigeon-holeing" of conceptualization, anyone who enjoys cracking hard nuts via time, sweat, and frustration, and anyone looking for a difficult text to read superficially and criticize emptily as being an example of the poverty of post WWII continental philosophy. In a sense, it is a book for all . . .
He wrote in the Preface to this 1966 book, “‘Negative Dialectics’ is a phrase that flouts tradition. As early as Plato, dialectics meant to achieve something positive by means of negation… This book seeks to free dialectics from such affirmative traits without reducing its determinacy. The unfoldment of the paradoxical title is one of its aims. What would be the foundation, according to the dominant view of philosophy, will here be developed long after the author has discussed things of which that view assumes that they grow out of a foundation. This implies a critique of the foundation concept as well as the primacy of substantive thought… this largely abstract text seeks no less to serve authentic concretion than to explain the author’s concrete procedure…”
He states in the Introduction, “No theory today escapes the marketplace. Each one is offered as a possibility among the competing opinions; all are put for choice; all are swallowed. There are no blinders for thought to don against this, and the self-righteous conviction that my own theory is spared that fate will surely deteriorate into self-advertising.Read more ›
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The author states that this book is a confession, but is one which is necessary to understand deep knowledge of his work, definitely if the reader not have this knowledge will not... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Adriano Becattini
Despite what others describe as a flawed translation, this text represents a brilliant, nuanced and complex presentation of negative dialectics. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dr Doran
Adorno's possible magnum opus is a vast, magisterial work of critical theory--it is the enduring testament to his intellectual depth. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Steiner