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Adorno: The Recovery of Experience
     

Adorno: The Recovery of Experience

by Roger Foster
 

ISBN-10: 0791472094

ISBN-13: 9780791472095

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: State University of New York Press

In Adorno, Roger Foster argues that there is a coherent critical project at the core of Adorno's philosophy of language and epistemology, the key to which is the recovery of a broader understanding of experience. Foster claims, in Adorno's writings, it is the concept of spiritual experience that denotes this richer vision of experience and signifies an awareness of

Overview

In Adorno, Roger Foster argues that there is a coherent critical project at the core of Adorno's philosophy of language and epistemology, the key to which is the recovery of a broader understanding of experience. Foster claims, in Adorno's writings, it is the concept of spiritual experience that denotes this richer vision of experience and signifies an awareness of the experiential conditions of concepts. By elucidating Adorno's view of philosophy as a critical practice that discloses the suffering of the world, Foster shows that Adorno's philosophy does not end up in a form of resignation or futile pessimism. Foster also breaks new ground by placing Adorno's theory of experience in relation to the work of other early twentieth-century thinkers, in particular Henri Bergson, Marcel Proust, Edmund Husserl, and early Wittgenstein.

About the Author:
Roger Foster teaches philosophy at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, the City University of New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791472095
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Series:
SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy Series
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments and a Note on Translation     ix
Introduction     1
The Consequences of Disenchantment     9
Disenchantment and Experience     9
Language and Expression     16
Selbstbesinnung (Self-Awareness)     20
Natural History and Suffering     23
The Limits of Language or How Is Spiritual Experience Possible?     26
Saying the Unsayable     31
Language and Disenchantment     31
Wittgenstein as a Philosopher of Disenchantment     40
The Dissolution of Philosophy     46
Adorno on Saying the Unsayable     51
Adorno and Benjamin on Language as Expression     57
Benjamin on Showing and Saying     57
Benjamin on Language     60
Trauerspiel: Allegory and Constellation     66
Adorno and Philosophical Interpretation     71
Constellation and Natural History     78
Failed Outbreak I: Husserl     89
Introduction     89
The Husserlian Outbreak     91
Logical Absolutism     94
The Intuition of Essences     100
Self-Reflection and Natural History     106
Failed Outbreak II: Bergson     113
Spiritual Affinities     113
Memory and the Concept in Matter and Memory     120
Intuition: the External Demarcation of the Concept     127
Confinement as Habitude     132
The Internal Subversion of the Concept     135
Proust: Experience Regained     139
Introduction     139
The Depths of Experience     141
Involuntary Memory     147
Expression, Suffering, Allegory     151
Metaphor and Contradiction     159
A Contemporary Outbreak Attempt: John McDowell on Mind and World     167
Introduction     167
Disenchantment and Natural-Scientific Understanding     170
McDowell's Epistemological Antinomy     175
Second Nature     180
Domesticated Experience     185
McDowell and Adorno: Final Considerations     191
Conclusion     195
Critical Theory and Experience     195
Communication Theory as an Outbreak Attempt     200
Notes     205
References     223
Index     233

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