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Adorno's Positive Dialectic

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  • This book offers a radically new interpretation of the work of Theodor Adorno. In contrast to the conventional view that Adorno's is in essence a critical philosophy, Yvonne Sherratt systematically traces an utopian thesis that pervades all the major aspects of Adorno's thought. She places Adorno's work in the context of German Idealist and later Marxist and Freudian traditions, and then analyzes his key works to show how the aesthetic, epistemological, psychological, historical and sociological thought interconnect to form an utopian image.

    • Adorno appeals to a broad, interdisciplinary market
    • Controversial thesis arguing that Adorno's philosophy is utopian in its thrust
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    "It is a book which ought to be read not only by scholars and students of critical theory but also of those interested in Adorno who, despite themselves, yearn to describe the glass as being half full." Philosophy in Review

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511007194
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Abbreviations
    General introduction
    Prelude to Adorno's Intellectual Tradition: Prelude I: Adorno's intellectual tradition: German philosophy
    Prelude II: Adorno's intellectual tradition: Sigmund Freud
    Part I. Negative Thesis: The Decline of Enlightenment:
    1. The decline of subjectivity: the instincts
    2. The decline of subjectivity: narcissism
    3. The decline of knowledge acquisition
    4. Knowledge acquisition: a negative solution
    Part II. Positive Thesis: The Redemption of Enlightenment:
    5. The aesthetic: aura
    6. Knowledge acquisition: an aesthetic form
    7. A positive dialectic of knowledge acquisition
    8. A positive dialectic of subjectivity: the instincts
    9. A positive dialectic of subjectivity: the structure of the self
    Concluding comments
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Yvonne Sherratt, University of Edinburgh

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