Negativity and Revolution: Adorno and Political Activism


How can activists combat the political paralysis that characterises postmodernism and poststructuralism, without reverting to a dogmatic orthodoxy? This book explores solutions in the 'negative dialectics' of Theodor Adorno.
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How can activists combat the political paralysis that characterises postmodernism and poststructuralism, without reverting to a dogmatic orthodoxy? This book explores solutions in the 'negative dialectics' of Theodor Adorno.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745328362
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Honderich is Grote Professor Emeritus at University College London and author of numerous books on philosophy including After the Terror (Edinburgh University Press, 2002), How Free Are You? (Oxford University Press, 2001), and editor of The Philosophers: Introducing Great Western Thinkers (Oxford University Press, 2001). He is also the editor of the Oxford Companion to Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

I Introduction to the Issues

1 Negativity and Revolution: Adorno and Political Activism John Holloway Fernando Matamoros Sergio Tischler 3

2 Why Adorno? John Holloway 12

3 Pied Pipers and Polymaths: Adorno's Critique of Praxisism Adrian Wilding 18

II Negative Dialectics Versus Neo-Structuralism

4 Antagonism and Difference: Negative Dialectics and Poststructuralism in View of the Critique of Modern Capitalism Alberto R. Bonnet 41

5 Adorno and Post-vanguardism Darij Zadnikar 79

6 Negative and Positive Autonomism. Or Why Adorno? Part 2 John Holloway 95

III Emancipation and the Critique of Totality

7 Adorno: The Conceptual Prison of the Subject, Political Fetishism and Class Struggle Sergio Tischler 103

8 Emancipatory Praxis and Conceptuality in Adorno Werner Bonefeld 122

IV The Politics of Sexuality and Art

9 Adorno, Non-identity, Sexuality Marcel Stoetzler 151

10 Solidarity with the Fall of Metaphysics: Negativity and Hope Fernando Matamoros 189

11 Mimesis and Distance: Arts and the Social in Adorno's Thought Jose Manuel Martinez 228

List of Contributors 241

Name Index 242

Subject Index 246

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