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Adorno's Positive Dialectic

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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521038881

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  • This book offers a radically new interpretation of the work of Theodor Adorno. In contrast to the conventional view that Adorno's is in essence a critical philosophy, Yvonne Sherratt systematically traces an utopian thesis that pervades all the major aspects of Adorno's thought. She places Adorno's work in the context of German Idealist and later Marxist and Freudian traditions, and then analyzes his key works to show how the aesthetic, epistemological, psychological, historical and sociological thought interconnect to form an utopian image.

    • Adorno appeals to a broad, interdisciplinary market
    • Controversial thesis arguing that Adorno's philosophy is utopian in its thrust
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    "It is a book which ought to be read not only by scholars and students of critical theory but also of those interested in Adorno who, despite themselves, yearn to describe the glass as being half full." Philosophy in Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521038881
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General introduction
    Prelude to Adorno's Intellectual Tradition: Prelude I: Adorno's intellectual tradition: German philosophy
    Prelude II: Adorno's intellectual tradition: Sigmund Freud
    Part I. Negative Thesis: The Decline of Enlightenment:
    1. The decline of subjectivity: the instincts
    2. The decline of subjectivity: narcissism
    3. The decline of knowledge acquisition
    4. Knowledge acquisition: a negative solution
    Part II. Positive Thesis: The Redemption of Enlightenment:
    5. The aesthetic: aura
    6. Knowledge acquisition: an aesthetic form
    7. A positive dialectic of knowledge acquisition
    8. A positive dialectic of subjectivity: the instincts
    9. A positive dialectic of subjectivity: the structure of the self
    Concluding comments

  • Author

    Yvonne Sherratt, University of Edinburgh

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