Adorno's Positive Dialectic

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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 traces systematically a 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 analyses his key works to show how the aesthetic, epistemological, psychological, historical, and social thought interconnect to form a utopian image." The book will be eagerly sought out by students and specialists in philosophy, social and political theory, intellectual history, literary theory, and cultural studies.
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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

  • ISBN-13: 9780521813938
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Pages: 254
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction 1
Prelude to Adorno's Positive Dialectic
Prelude I Adorno's Intellectual Tradition: German Philosophy 24
Prelude II Adorno's Intellectual Tradition: Sigmund Freud 50
Adorno's Positive Dialectic: Introduction
Pt. 1 Negative Thesis: The Decline of Enlightenment
1 The Decline of Subjectivity: The Instincts 75
2 The Decline of Subjectivity: Narcissism 97
3 The Decline of Knowledge Acquisition 111
4 Knowledge Acquisition: A Negative Solution 126
Pt. II Positive Thesis: The Redemption of Enlightenment
5 The Aesthetic: Aura 151
6 Knowledge Acquisition: An Aesthetic Form 169
7 A Positive Dialectic of Knowledge Acquisition 189
8 A Positive Dialectic of Subjectivity: The Instincts 209
9 A Positive Dialectic of Subjectivity: The Structure of The Self 224
Concluding Comments 233
Bibliography 240
Index 249
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