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Adorno – Negative Dialectics: “Cogitative Self-Reflection”

Negative Dialectics Part Two: Negative Dialectics. Concepts and Categories 8. Cogitative Self-Reflection Sooner or later, philosophers discover that philosophy itself is problematic. In true Hegelian style Adorno speaks about this development as if he were outside it, while also embodying what he describes in the structure of his thought. He is observer and observed in … Continue reading Adorno – Negative Dialectics: “Cogitative Self-Reflection”

Adorno – Negative Dialectics: “On the Dialectics of Identity”

Negative Dialectics Part Two: Negative Dialectics. Concepts and Categories 7. On the Dialectics of Identity Negative dialectics involves interrogating the relations – especially the contradictions – between concepts and their objects, always with a critical eyebrow raised to the dubious claim that a concept can actually fully contain its object. Instead of assuming or seeking … Continue reading Adorno – Negative Dialectics: “On the Dialectics of Identity”

Adorno – Negative Dialectics: “‘Logic of Disintegration'”

Negative Dialectics Part Two: Negative Dialectics. Concepts and Categories 6. “Logic of Disintegration” The notion that our reality is split into two realms – mind/matter – is common in Western philosophy since Descartes. This theoretical rift between ideas and the physical world has been a point of challenge to various philosophers, who try to overcome … Continue reading Adorno – Negative Dialectics: “‘Logic of Disintegration’”

Adorno – Negative Dialectics: “Relation to Left-Wing Hegelianism”

Negative Dialectics Part Two: Negative Dialectics. Concepts and Categories 5. Relation to Left-Wing Hegelianism Adorno seems to have gotten some flack for his philosophy by people who claim that he is just a Hegelian boasting to be offering something new. Specifically, his whole “non-identity” thing is already accounted for within Hegel’s system. In this sense, … Continue reading Adorno – Negative Dialectics: “Relation to Left-Wing Hegelianism”

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