By Theodor W. Adorno,Christoph Ziermann
This quantity contains Adorno's first lectures in particular devoted to the topic of the dialectic, an idea which has been key to philosophical debate on the grounds that classical instances. 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 courting to Marx, in addition to elaborating his personal notion of dialectical pondering as a severe reaction to this tradition.
Delivered in the summertime semester of 1958, those lectures enable 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 dating among positivist or functionalist techniques, quite within the social sciences, in addition to calling for the renewal of ontological and metaphysical modes of idea which try and go beyond the abstractness of contemporary social adventure by means of entice regressive philosophical different types. whereas delivering an account of many valuable topics of Hegelian notion, he additionally alludes to an entire variety of different philosophical, literary and inventive figures of crucial value to his perception of serious concept, particularly Walter Benjamin and the assumption of a constellation of innovations because the version for an 'open or fractured dialectic' past the limitations of approach and system.
These lectures are professional with vigorous anecdotes and private memories which enable the reader to glimpse what has been defined because the 'workshop' of Adorno's idea. As such, they supply a great access aspect 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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