An Introduction to Dialectics by Theodor W. Adorno, Christoph Ziermann

By Theodor W. Adorno, Christoph Ziermann

This quantity includes Adorno?s first lectures particularly devoted to the topic of the dialectic, an idea which has been key to philosophical debate due to the fact that classical occasions. whereas discussing connections with Plato and Kant, Adorno concentrates at the such a lot systematic improvement of the dialectic in Hegel's philosophy, and its dating to Marx, in addition to elaborating his personal perception of dialectical considering as a serious reaction to this tradition.

Delivered in the summertime semester of 1958, those lectures permit Adorno to discover and probe the numerous problems and demanding situations this manner of considering posed in the cultural and highbrow context of the post-war interval. during this connection he develops the thesis of a complementary courting among positivist or functionalist methods, really within the social sciences, in addition to calling for the renewal of ontological and metaphysical modes of inspiration which try and go beyond the abstractness of recent social adventure by way of entice regressive philosophical different types. whereas supplying an account of many important topics of Hegelian concept, he additionally alludes to a complete variety of different philosophical, literary and creative figures of important value to his perception of serious concept, significantly Walter Benjamin and the assumption of a constellation of ideas because the version for an 'open or fractured dialectic' past the restrictions of strategy and system.

These lectures are pro with vigorous anecdotes and private reminiscences which permit the reader to glimpse what has been defined because the 'workshop' of Adorno?s suggestion. As such, they supply an incredible access element for all scholars and students within the humanities and social sciences who're attracted to Adorno?s paintings in addition to these trying to comprehend the character of dialectical thinking.

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Xxx ; The Idea of Phenomenology, trans. Lee Hardy, Dordrecht, 1999 ; see pp . 33f. for Husserl's specific discussion of the epoche and the 'phenomenological reduction') . , Ideen zu einer reinen Phiinomenologie und phiinomenologischen Philosophie, Tiibingen, 1980 (reprint of the 2nd ed of 1922), §§27-32, especially §32, pp . s6f. ; Ideas: General Introduction to Pure Phenomenology, trans. W. R. Boyce Gibson, London and New York, 2002, §§27-32, pp . 51- 60, especially pp . For the notion of 'destruction', see §6 of Martin Heidegger's Being and Time.

51 ('the identity of identity and non­ identity') . 2 'The True is the whole' (Hegel, Phiinomenologie des Geistes, p. 24; Phenomenology of Spirit, p . 11). _8_ The quotation is given as it appears in Adorno's copy of the text, and the one from which he probably read out this passage: Hegel, Phiinomenologie des Geistes, ed. Georg Lasson, Leipzig, 192 1, p. 24. (Hegel, Phiinomenologie des Geistes, pp. 37f; Phenomenology of Spirit, p. '), where Hegel refers to his Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences and says : 'Here we may quote from it only this, that there is nothing in heaven or nature or spirit or anywhere else that does not contain just as much immediacy as mediation, so that both these determinations prove to be unseparated and inseparable and the opposition between them nothing real' (Hegel, Wissenschaft der Logik I, p.

Notes _1 The tape recordings of the lectures do not include the opening form of address. They have been added here and in the following lectures by the editor in accordance with the transcriptions made from later lectures in the series. __g G. W. F. Hegel, Werke, vol. 3 : Phiinomenologie des Geistes, p. 3 8 ; Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. A. V. Miller, Oxford, 1977, p. 20. ] Adorno goes on to interpret this passage in its broader context below; see p . g. _a See Hermann Wein, Realdialektik: Von hegelscher Dialektik zu dialektischer Anthropologie, Munich, 1957; Hermann Wein (1912-1960 ), professor of philosophy in Gottingen, had personally sent Adorno a copy of his book (Nachlassbibliothek Adorno 619) .

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