Sartre and Adorno: The Dialectics of Subjectivity

Sartre and Adorno: The Dialectics of Subjectivity

by David Sherman
     
 

Focusing on the notion of the subject in Sartre's and Adorno's philosophies, David Sherman argues that they offer complementary accounts of the subject that circumvent the excesses of its classical formation, yet are study enough to support a concept of political agency, which is lacking in both poststructuralism and second-generation critical theory. Sherman uses… See more details below

Overview

Focusing on the notion of the subject in Sartre's and Adorno's philosophies, David Sherman argues that they offer complementary accounts of the subject that circumvent the excesses of its classical formation, yet are study enough to support a concept of political agency, which is lacking in both poststructuralism and second-generation critical theory. Sherman uses Sartre's firstperson, phenomenological standpoint and Adorno's third-person, critical theoretical standpoint, each of which implicitly incorporates and then builds toward the other, to represent the necessary poles of any emancipatory social analysis.

About the Author:
David Sherman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana at Missoula and is the coauthor (with Leo Rauch) of Hegel's Phenomenology of Self-Consciousness: Text and Commentary, also published by SUNY Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791471159
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/02/2007
Series:
SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy Series
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations Used in the Text and Notes

Introduction 1

Part I Adorno's Relation to the Existential and Phenomenological Traditions 13

1 Adorno and Kierkegaard 17

Adorno's Critique of Kierkegaard 18

Adorno's Kierkegaardian Debt 26

2 Adorno and Heidegger 37

Adorno's Critique of Heidegger 38

Adorno and Heidegger Are Irreconcilable 46

3 Adorno and Husserl 59

Part II Subjectivity in Sartre's Existential Phenomenology 69

4 The Frankfurt School's Critique of Sartre 75

Adorno on Sartre 75

Marcuse's Critique of Being and Nothingness 78

5 Sartre's Relation to His Predecessors in the Phenomenological and Existential Traditions 87

Being 87

Knowing 97

Death 106

6 Sartre's Mediating Subjectivity 109

Sartre's Decentered Subject and Freedom 110

Being-for-Others: The Ego in Formation 122

Bad Faith and the Fundamental Project 135

Situated Freedom and Purified Reflection 150

Part III Adorno's Dialectic of Subjectivity 173

7 The (De)Formation of the Subject 181

The Dawn of the Subject 184

Science, Morality, Art 198

Adorno, Sartre, Anti-Semitism, and Psychoanalysis 216

8 Subjectivity and Negative Dialectics 237

Freedom Model 248

History Model 262

Negative Dialectics, Phenomenology, and Subjectivity 273

Notes 283

Bibliography 309

Index 315

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