By Theodor W. Adorno, Christoph Ziermann

This quantity includes Adorno?s first lectures in particular devoted to the topic of the dialectic, an idea which has been key to philosophical debate for the reason that classical occasions. whereas discussing connections with Plato and Kant, Adorno concentrates at the so much systematic improvement of the dialectic in Hegel's philosophy, and its dating to Marx, in addition to elaborating his personal belief of dialectical pondering as a severe reaction to this tradition.

Delivered in the summertime semester of 1958, those lectures enable Adorno to discover and probe the numerous problems and demanding situations this fashion of pondering posed in the cultural and highbrow context of the post-war interval. during this connection he develops the thesis of a complementary courting among positivist or functionalist ways, fairly within the social sciences, in addition to calling for the renewal of ontological and metaphysical modes of inspiration which try and go beyond the abstractness of recent social event by way of entice regressive philosophical different types. whereas supplying an account of many principal topics of Hegelian idea, he additionally alludes to an entire diversity of alternative philosophical, literary and creative figures of important significance to his belief of severe concept, particularly Walter Benjamin and the belief of a constellation of options because the version for an 'open or fractured dialectic' past the restrictions of process and system.

These lectures are pro with energetic anecdotes and private memories which permit the reader to glimpse what has been defined because the 'workshop' of Adorno?s idea. As such, they supply an excellent access element for all scholars and students within the humanities and social sciences who're attracted to Adorno?s paintings in addition to these looking to comprehend the character of dialectical thinking.

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51 ('the identity of identity and non­ identity') . 2 'The True is the whole' (Hegel, Phiinomenologie des Geistes, p. 24; Phenomenology of Spirit, p . 11). _8_ The quotation is given as it appears in Adorno's copy of the text, and the one from which he probably read out this passage: Hegel, Phiinomenologie des Geistes, ed. Georg Lasson, Leipzig, 192 1, p. 24. (Hegel, Phiinomenologie des Geistes, pp. 37f; Phenomenology of Spirit, p. '), where Hegel refers to his Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences and says : 'Here we may quote from it only this, that there is nothing in heaven or nature or spirit or anywhere else that does not contain just as much immediacy as mediation, so that both these determinations prove to be unseparated and inseparable and the opposition between them nothing real' (Hegel, Wissenschaft der Logik I, p.

If you wish to develop a genuinely philosophical concept of dialectic, and to free yourselves from the debased and pre-philosophical conception of dialectic that can be encountered everywhere - for which dialectic just amounts to saying something like: 'Well, whatever one person may claim, one can somehow also say the opposite' - you will see [from Hegel's words] that this popular relativistic wisdom is incompatible with the thought which Hegel was actually trying to develop here. For it is the thought that the antithesis is not introduced in opposition to the initial proposition from without something which he would certainly have repudiated as a purely sophistical dispute about contrary opinions.

22f. ; Phenomenology of Spirit, pp. ). _Q Hegel, Werke, vol. s: Wissenschaft der Logik I, p. 74 ; Hegel, Science of Logic, trans. George di Giovanni, Cambridge, 20 12, p. 51 ('the identity of identity and non­ identity') . 2 'The True is the whole' (Hegel, Phiinomenologie des Geistes, p. 24; Phenomenology of Spirit, p . 11). _8_ The quotation is given as it appears in Adorno's copy of the text, and the one from which he probably read out this passage: Hegel, Phiinomenologie des Geistes, ed. Georg Lasson, Leipzig, 192 1, p.

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