Can One Live after Auschwitz?: A Philosophical Reader

Can One Live after Auschwitz?: A Philosophical Reader


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Can One Live after Auschwitz?: A Philosophical Reader by Theodor Adorno

This is a comprehensive collection of readings from the work of Theodor Adorno, one of the most influential German thinkers of the twentieth century.
What took place in Auschwitz revokes what Adorno termed the “Western legacy of positivity,” the innermost substance of traditional philosophy. The prime task of philosophy then remains to reflect on its own failure, its own complicity in such events. Yet in linking the question of philosophy to historical occurrence, Adorno seems not to have abandoned his paradoxical, life-long hope that philosophy might not be entirely closed to the idea of redemption. He prepares for an altogether different praxis, one no longer conceived in traditionally Marxist terms but rather to be gleaned from “metaphysical experience.”
In this collection, Adorno's literary executor has assembled the definitive introduction to his thinking. Its five sections anatomize the range of Adorno's concerns: “Toward a New Categorical Imperative,” “Damaged Life,” “Administered World, Reified Thought,” “Art, Memory of Suffering,” and “A Philosophy That Keeps Itself Alive.”
A substantial number of Adorno’s writings included appear here in English for the first time. This collection comes with an eloquent introduction from Rolf Tiedemann, the literary executor of Adorno’s work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804731430
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2003
Series: Cultural Memory in the Present
Edition description: 1
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) was a prominent member of the Frankfurt School and one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Rolf Tiedemann is the literary executor of Adorno and of Walter Benjamin and the editor of the German editions of Adorno's collected works and his posthumous writings.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Not the First Philosophy, but a Last One": Notes on Adorno's Thoughtxi
Note on Sourcesxxviii
Part I.Toward a New Categorical Imperative
1The Meaning of Working through the Past3
2Education after Auschwitz19
Part II.Damaged Life
3Selections from Minima Moralia37
Grassy seat37
How nice of you, Doctor38
Le bourgeois revenant39
Proprietary rights40
Refuge for the homeless40
Baby with the bathwater41
Savages are not more noble43
Out of the firing line44
Back to culture47
Invitation to the dance48
On the morality of thinking49
Morality and temporal sequence50
Folly of the wise52
A word for morality53
Unmeasure for unmeasure55
People are looking at you56
Little folk56
Uninformed opinion57
The paragraph60
Passing muster62
Picture-book without pictures63
Late extra68
Boy from the heath71
Il servo padrone72
Model of virtue73
The bad comrade77
Expensive reproduction78
Juvenal's error80
Consecutio temporum82
Toy shop83
Novissimum organum85
Don't exaggerate89
Part III.Administered World, Reified Thought
4Reflections on Class Theory93
5Late Capitalism or Industrial Society?: The Fundamental Question of the Present Structure of Society111
7Cultural Criticism and Society146
8The Jargon of Authenticity163
9Crowds and Power: Conversation with Elias Canetti182
Part IV.Art, Memory of Suffering
10Heine the Wound205
11Notes on Kafka211
13Trying to Understand Endgame259
14Beethoven's Late Style295
16Wagner's Relevance Today314
18Alban Berg357
19Art and the Arts368
Part V.A Philosophy That Keeps Itself Alive
20Elements of Anti-Semitism: Limits of Enlightenment391
21Selections from Metaphysics: Concept and Problems427
Lecture Fourteen, "The Liquidation of the Self"427
Lecture Fifteen, "Metaphysics and Materialism"436
Lecture Sixteen, "Consciousness of Negativity"444
Lecture Seventeen, "Dying Today"452
Lecture Eighteen, "Metaphysical Experience"461
Translators' and Editors' Notes473
Index of Names519

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