Negativity and Revolution: Adorno and Political Activism

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How can activists combat the political paralysis that characterizes the anti-dialectical theories of Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuze, without reverting to a dogmatic orthodoxy? This book explores solutions in the "negative dialectics" of Theodor Adorno.

The poststructuralist shift from dialectics to "difference" has been so popular that it becomes difficult to create meaningful revolutionary responses to neoliberalism. The contributors to this volume come from within the ...

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Overview

How can activists combat the political paralysis that characterizes the anti-dialectical theories of Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuze, without reverting to a dogmatic orthodoxy? This book explores solutions in the "negative dialectics" of Theodor Adorno.

The poststructuralist shift from dialectics to "difference" has been so popular that it becomes difficult to create meaningful revolutionary responses to neoliberalism. The contributors to this volume come from within the anti-capitalist movement, and close to the concerns expressed in Negri and Hardt's Empire and Multitude. However, they argue forcefully and persuasively for a return to dialectics so a real-world, radical challenge to the current order can be constructed. This is a passionate call to arms for the anti-capitalist movement. It should be read by all engaged activists and students of political and critical theory.

John Holloway, Fernando Matamoros, and Sergio Tischler are professors in the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades of the Benemérita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Mexico. John Holloway is the author of Change the World Without Taking Power.

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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

John Holloway, Fernando Matamoros and Sergio Tischler are all professors in the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades of the Benemérita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Mexico. John Holloway is the author of Change the World Without Taking Power (Pluto Press, new edition 2005).Fernando Matamoros is the author of La Pensée Coloniale, Découverte, Conquête et Guerre des Dieux au Mexique (2007) and co-author (with Sylvie Bosserelle and Etienne Dehau) of Mexique, vision de l''empire des dieux (2005)Sergio Tischler is the co-editor (with Werner Bonefeld) of What is to be Done? Leninism, Anti-Leninist Marxism and the Question of Revolution Today (2002)
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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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