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By Theodor W. Adorno,Christoph Ziermann

This quantity includes Adorno's first lectures particularly devoted to the topic of the dialectic, an idea which has been key to philosophical debate given that classical occasions. whereas discussing connections with Plato and Kant, Adorno concentrates at the such a lot systematic improvement of the dialectic in Hegel's philosophy, and its dating to Marx, in addition to elaborating his personal perception of dialectical considering as a severe reaction to this tradition.

Delivered in the summertime semester of 1958, those lectures permit 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 dating among positivist or functionalist ways, rather within the social sciences, in addition to calling for the renewal of ontological and metaphysical modes of idea which try and go beyond the abstractness of contemporary social event by way of attract regressive philosophical different types. whereas supplying an account of many imperative topics of Hegelian concept, he additionally alludes to an entire diversity of alternative philosophical, literary and creative figures of critical significance to his perception of serious idea, particularly Walter Benjamin and the assumption of a constellation of techniques because the version for an 'open or fractured dialectic' past the limitations of strategy and system.

These lectures are pro with energetic anecdotes and private memories which enable the reader to glimpse what has been defined because the 'workshop' of Adorno's notion. As such, they supply a great 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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