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Adorno's Negative Dialectic: Philosophy and the Possibility of Critical Rationality

Adorno's Negative Dialectic: Philosophy and the Possibility of Critical Rationality

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The purely philosophical concerns of Theodore W. Adorno's negative dialectic would seem to be far removed from the concreteness of critical theory; Adorno's philosophy considers perhaps the most traditional subject of pure philosophy, the structure of experience, while critical theory examines specific aspects of society. But, as Brian O'Connor demonstrates in this highly original interpretation of Adorno's philosophy, the negative dialectic can be seen as the theoretical foundation of the reflexivity or critical rationality required by critical theory. Adorno, O'Connor argues, is committed to the concretion of philosophy: his thesis of nonidentity attempts to show that reality is not reducible to appearances. This lays the foundation for the applied concrete critique of appearances that is essential to the possibility of critical theory. To explicate the context in which Adorno's philosophy operates - the tradition of modern German philosophy, from Kant to Heidegger - O'Connor examines in detail the ideas of these philosophers as well as Adorno's self-defining differences with them. O'Connor discusses Georg Lukacs and the influence of his protocritical theory on Adorno's t

by : B OConnor


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