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Problems of Moral Philosophy
     

Problems of Moral Philosophy

by Theodor W. Adorno, Thomas Schroder, Rodney Livingstone
 

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ISBN-10: 0804744726

ISBN-13: 9780804744720

Pub. Date: 09/01/2002

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), one of the leading social thinkers of the 20th century, long concerned himself with the problems of moral philosophy, or "whether the good life is a genuine possibility in the present." Consisting of a course of lectures (captured by tape recorder), the book presents a more accessible Adorno than in his published works.

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Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), one of the leading social thinkers of the 20th century, long concerned himself with the problems of moral philosophy, or "whether the good life is a genuine possibility in the present." Consisting of a course of lectures (captured by tape recorder), the book presents a more accessible Adorno than in his published works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804744720
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Lecture 11
Moral philosophy as a theoretical discipline
The concept of practice
Theory as resistance and a 'testing of reality'; against practicism
Naivety and reflection
On the tension between theory and practice
Spontaneity and resistance
The irrational
Hostility to moralities confined to particulars
Ethics as bad conscience; on behalf of a morality bluntly incompatible with our experience
Lecture 212
'Morality and its Discontents'
The problem of ethos and personality
The ethical is no natural category
Morality and social crisis
The sociology of the repressive character
The general and the particular
Plan of the lecture course
Texts to be studied
Lecture 322
Arguments ad homines
Lectures: attempts at critical models
The dual nature of reason in Kant: theory and practice, epistemology and metaphysics
The problem of freedom
On the theory of antinomies
Dialectics
The distinction between scepticism and 'the sceptical method'
Lecture 433
The nature of the antinomies
Causality and freedom; spontaneity
The thesis of the third antinomy
The proof of the thesis
The motif of a causality born of freedom
The antithesis
Lecture 544
The principle of causality and the necessity of the antinomies
Dialectics in Kant and Hegel
Problem of the prima philosophia: the first cause
Causality, law and freedom
External nature of the concept of causality
Freedom as a given
Summary: causality born of freedom
Lecture 655
The dual character of Kantian philosophy; the one and the many
Once again: theory and practice
On the Doctrine of Method: 1. The nature of reason
2.Speculation
3.Freedom and the domination of nature
4.The disappointing of metaphysical expectations
5.The rejection of philosophical indifference
6.The idea of God and the rights of criticism
7.The priority of practice
Lecture 767
Theory and practice of the 'Doctrine of Method'
Form and content in practical philosophy
Practice as the exclusion of experience; freedom as reason
What is primary and what is secondary? The moral law as a given
Can social contradictions be resolved? Bourgeois optimism
Can the moral law be learnt through experience?
Lecture 878
Difficulty of distinguishing between a priori knowledge and knowledge from experience
Necessity and universality; a 'second-order given'
The coercive character of empirically given morality
Psychoanalytical objection
The ethics of conviction
The return of teleology; the element of heteronomy
Lecture 989
The laws of freedom
The principle of exegesis; the 'extinction of intention'
The dual character of nature
Kant 'breaks off' the argument; Resistance to and acceptance of heteronomy
The element of the Absurd
The historical dialectics of morality; the 'growing old of morality'
Lecture 10100
The intolerable dualism of freedom and law; The Protestant tradition
The experience of spirit and nature as opposed to domination
Methodological excursus: literal interpretation versus the history of ideas
Kantian ethics is the moral philosophy par excellence
Formalism and rigorism
Lecture 11110
The grounding of morality in reason: Against 'the education of the heart'
Prince Hamlet
The element of non-identity; coercion by a third party
Reason as practice
The restricted nature of Kantian ethics; bourgeois calculus and bureaucratic virtue
The ambivalence of the unmediated good
Autonomy and heteronomy
Lecture 12121
Self-determination
No cult of values
The absence of balance between freedom and law
Formalism and social context
Kant's writings on moral philosophy
The Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals
Lecture 13126
Excursus on phenomenology
The concept of the will
Psychological aspect: Good will and ill will
Duty and reverence
The element of repression
The disappearance of freedom
Transition to the problem of an ethics of responsibility and conviction
Lecture 14136
The suppression of instinct as the general philosophical attitude
Self-preservation and compensation
The fetishization of renunciation
The idea of humanity: a hypothesis
The totalitarianism of ends
Reason as an end in itself
Lecture 15146
Kant's ethics of conviction [Gesinnung]
War on two fronts: against empiricism and theology
Difference from Plato: the idealism of reason
Early bourgeois pathos and Rousseauism
Interiority and the German misere
Lecture 16157
The dialectical element of morality
Excursus: Ibsen's The Wild Duck
Conscience: 'can be very hard'
Explication: entanglement in existing reality
The critique of Hegel's sublation [Aufhebung] of morality
Lecture 17167
Resistance to a false life
Fallibility in the face of the masks of evil
Contra Nietzsche's critique of morality
The limits of morality as the crisis of individualism; transition from critique to political consciousness
Editor's notes177
Editor's afterword214
Acknowledgements217
Index218

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