Adorno and the Need in Thinking

in The Origin of Negative Dialectics: Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and
the Frankfurt Institute [New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1977] and The
Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project [Cambridge, Mass

Adorno and the Need in Thinking

Author: Donald A. Burke

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802092144

Page: 365

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Few intellectual figures of the twentieth century dealt with such a vast scope of subjects as Theodor Adorno (1903-1969). His insights, therefore, lend themselves to critical overview as many have cross-disciplinary relevance, appealing to scholars from a variety of backgrounds. Adorno and the Need in Thinking examines questions dealt with in the works of Adorno, offering a glimpse at the development of his complex thought. This collection of essays, though dealing with different topics from section to section, is unified by the idea that, at least in the English-speaking world, there are numerous facets of Adorno's work that have been hitherto neglected in terms of critical scholarship. Adorno and the Need in Thinking addresses these forgotten nuances, whether they apply to questions of politics, language, metaphysics, aesthetics, ecology, or several of these at once. Also included for the first time in English is Adorno's important early essay, "Theses on the Language of the Philosopher." At a time when Adorno scholarship is on the rise, this collection sheds light on new areas of critical research, adding another dimension to the existing literature on this most important intellectual.

Thinking Past Terror

Renowned critical theorist Susan Buck-Morss argues convincingly that a global public needs to think past the twin insanities of terrorism and counter-terrorism in order to dismantle regressive intellectual barriers.

Thinking Past Terror

Author: Susan Buck-Morss

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859845851

Page: 148

View: 498

Renowned critical theorist Susan Buck-Morss argues convincingly that a global public needs to think past the twin insanities of terrorism and counter-terrorism in order to dismantle regressive intellectual barriers. Surveying the widespread literature on the relationship of Islam to modernity, she reveals that there is surprising overlap where scholars commonly and simplistically see antithesis. Thinking Past Terror situates this engagement with the study of Islam among critical contemporary discourses—feminism, post-colonialism and the critique of determinism. Reminding us powerfully that domination and consensus are maintained not by the lack of opposing ideas but by the disorganization of dissent, Thinking Past Terror presents the empowering idea of a global counter-culture as a very real possibility. If the language of a global, radically cosmopolitan Left is not presumed but its attainment struggled for, if the Leftist project is itself this struggle, then democracy defines its very core.

Critical Theory and Political Theology

64. Ibid., 364. Adorno, Negative Dialectics, 127. 65. Adorno, Negative Dialectics,
200. 66. Ibid., 165. 67. Ibid., 166. 68. Ibid. 69. Ibid. 70. Ibid., 90. 71. Buck-Morss,
The Origin of Negative Dialectics, 10. 72. Adorno, Negative Dialectics, 148. 73.

Critical Theory and Political Theology

Author: Paul S. Chung

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3030171728

Page: 341

View: 116

This book deals with the aftermath of the enlightenment and its legacy in the political, social, and racial context. It discusses the incomplete project of modernity in terms of social contract theory, racial justice issues, and political theology in the postcolonial context. Hermeneutical realism and cultural linguistic inquiry become substantial features in elaborating postcolonial political theology and its ethical stance against the colonization of lifeworld and its pathologies. A study of critical theory and political theology is of a reconstructive character in seeking to relocate critical theory and political ethics in the context of alternative modernities at the level of postcolonial theory.

Negative Dialectics

The category ofthe root, theorigin, isa category of dominion. ... The origin
seductive becauseitwill notbe appeased by the derivative,by ideology—is
ideological principle. itself an ... Idealistic dialectics also was an “origins'
philosophy.” Hegel ...

Negative Dialectics

Author: Theodor Adorno

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134940831

Page: 448

View: 748

This is the first British paperback edition of this modern classic written by one of the towering intellectual of the twentieth century. Theodor Adorno (1903-69) was a leading member of the Frankfurt School. His books include The Jargon of Authenticity, Dialectic of Enlightenment (with Max Horkheimer), and Aesthetic Theory

Revolution Today

Susan Buck-Morss highlights new forms of international solidarity and revolutionary subjectivity that can break the impasse of neoliberal capitalism and reactionary nationalism.

Revolution Today

Author: Susan Buck-Morss


ISBN: 9781608466795

Page: 112

View: 691

Susan Buck-Morss highlights new forms of international solidarity and revolutionary subjectivity that can break the impasse of neoliberal capitalism and reactionary nationalism.

Negative Dialectics

The origin—seductive because it will not be appeased by the derivative, by
ideology—is itself an ideological principle. Karl Kraus's line “The origin is the
goal” sounds conservative, but it also expresses something that was scarcely
meant ...

Negative Dialectics

Author: Theodor W. Adorno

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826401325

Page: 416

View: 735

Negative Dialects is a phrase that flouts tradition. As early as Plato, dialectics meant to achieve something positive by means of negation; the thought figure of a 'negation of negation' later became the succinct term. This book seeks to free dialectics from such affirmative traits without reducing its determinacy.

Hegel Haiti and Universal History

In this path-breaking work, Susan Buck-Morss draws new connections between history, inequality, social conflict, and human emancipation.

Hegel  Haiti  and Universal History

Author: Susan Buck-Morss

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 0822973340

Page: 164

View: 360

In this path-breaking work, Susan Buck-Morss draws new connections between history, inequality, social conflict, and human emancipation. Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History offers a fundamental reinterpretation of Hegel's master-slave dialectic and points to a way forward to free critical theoretical practice from the prison-house of its own debates. Historicizing the thought of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and the actions taken in the Haitian Revolution, Buck-Morss examines the startling connections between the two and challenges us to widen the boundaries of our historical imagination. She finds that it is in the discontinuities of historical flow, the edges of human experience, and the unexpected linkages between cultures that the possibility to transcend limits is discovered. It is these flashes of clarity that open the potential for understanding in spite of cultural differences. What Buck-Morss proposes amounts to a "new humanism," one that goes beyond the usual ideological implications of such a phrase to embrace a radical neutrality that insists on the permeability of the space between opposing sides and as it reaches for a common humanity.--publisher description.

Liszt and the Birth of Modern Europe

Musicologist Richard Leppert has recently argued for the application of negative
dialectics to musical discourse , in ... its ' A classic discussion of Adorno ' s
concept of negative dialectics is Susan BuckMorss , The Origin of Negative
Dialectics ...

Liszt and the Birth of Modern Europe

Author: Michael Saffle

Publisher: Pendragon Press

ISBN: 9781576470275

Page: 341

View: 638

The third volume of Liszt Studies looks at the composer in his contemporary world.

Suffering and Salvation

78 Indeed the genesis of his negative dialectics can be located in his
conversations with Benjamin begun in the 1920s . ... 79 Buck - Morss , The Origin
Of Negative Dialectics , 5 - 6 , 64 . philosophy as interpreting minute particulars
with the aid ...

Suffering and Salvation

Author: Aloysius Rego

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9789042917323

Page: 363

View: 872

Suffering, especially that of the innocent and those unjustly treated, is a universal experience which has perplexed and agonised humanity. This reality is especially a challenge to believers in an all powerful, good and loving God. Within the Christian tradition in particular, because of the centrality of the cross and the crucified and risen One, there has been a tradition which has hallowed suffering. In this perspective suffering per se, whatever its origin, is mystified as a necessary prelude to salvation. Is suffering salvific? Are all experiences of suffering saving? What is God's attitude and involvement with suffering? In this work, these questions are explored through the lens of Edward Schillebeeckx's later theology which is primarily concerned with the development of a contemporary soteriology.

Marxism and Totality

"As a sense of nonidentity through identity," he wrote elsewhere in that work,
dialectics is not only an advancing process ... 1974); Susan Buck-Morss, The
Origin of Negative Dialectics: Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and the
Frankfurt ...

Marxism and Totality

Author: Martin Jay

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520057425

Page: 576

View: 520

Totality has been an abiding concern from the first generation of Western Marxists, most notably Lukács, Korsch, Gramsci, and Bloch, through the second, exemplified by the Frankfurt School, Lefebvre, Goldmann, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Della Volpe, up to the most recent, typified by Althusser, Colletti, and Habermas. Yet no consensus has been reached concerning the term's multiple meanings—expressive, decentered, longitudinal, latitudinal, normative—or its implications for other theoretical and practical matters. By closely following the adventures of this troublesome but central concept, Marxism & Totality offers an unconventional account of the history of Western Marxism.

The Political Unconscious

Meanwhile, unless one grasps “negative dialectics” as an essentially aesthetic
ideal, as I do, it would be best to seek ... the musical and the philosophical
analyses, Susan Buck-Morss, The Origin of Negative Dialectics [New York: Free
Press, ...

The Political Unconscious

Author: Fredric Jameson

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801471567

Page: 320

View: 288

Fredric Jameson, in The Political Unconscious, opposes the view that literary creation can take place in isolation from its political context. He asserts the priority of the political interpretation of literary texts, claiming it to be at the center of all reading and understanding, not just a supplement or auxiliary to other methods current today. Jameson supports his thesis by looking closely at the nature of interpretation. Our understanding, he says, is colored by the concepts and categories that we inherit from our culture's interpretive tradition and that we use to comprehend what we read. How then can the literature of other ages be understood by readers from a present that is culturally so different from the past? Marxism lies at the foundation of Jameson's answer, because it conceives of history as a single collective narrative that links past and present; Marxist literary criticism reveals the unity of that uninterrupted narrative. Jameson applies his interpretive theory to nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts, including the works of Balzac, Gissing, and Conrad. Throughout, he considers other interpretive approaches to the works he discusses, assessing the importance and limitations of methods as different as Lacanian psychoanalysis, semiotics, dialectical analysis, and allegorical readings. The book as a whole raises directly issues that have been only implicit in Jameson's earlier work, namely the relationship between dialectics and structuralism, and the tension between the German and the French aesthetic traditions.

The Highway of Despair

For a discussion of the intérieur in Adorno's reading of Kierkegaard, see Buck-
Morss, The Origins of Negative Dialectics, 114–21. Adorno, Kierkegaard:
Construction of the Aesthetic, 126. Ibid., 208. Theodor W. Adorno, “Progress,” in
Critical ...

The Highway of Despair

Author: Robyn Marasco

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231538898

Page: 240

View: 236

Hegel's "highway of despair," introduced in his Phenomenology of Spirit, is the tortured path traveled by "natural consciousness" on its way to freedom. Despair, the passionate residue of Hegelian critique, also indicates fugitive opportunities for freedom and preserves the principle of hope against all hope. Analyzing the works of an eclectic cast of thinkers, Robyn Marasco considers the dynamism of despair as a critical passion, reckoning with the forms of historical life forged along Hegel's highway. The Highway of Despair follows Theodor Adorno, Georges Bataille, and Frantz Fanon as they each read, resist, and reconfigure a strand of thought in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Confronting the twentieth-century collapse of a certain revolutionary dialectic, these thinkers struggle to revalue critical philosophy and recast Left Hegelianism within the contexts of genocidal racism, world war, and colonial domination. Each thinker also re-centers the role of passion in critique. Arguing against more recent trends in critical theory that promise an escape from despair, Marasco shows how passion frustrates the resolutions of reason and faith. Embracing the extremism of what Marx, in the spirit of Hegel, called the "ruthless critique of everything existing," she affirms the contemporary purchase of radical critical theory, resulting in a passionate approach to political thought.

Immanent Transcendence

'Negative Dialectic as Fate: Adorno and Hegel', in The Cambridge Companion to
Adorno, ed. Thomas Huhn ... Buck-Morss, Susan, The Origin of Negative
Dialectics: Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin and the Frankfurt Institute. (New
York: ...

Immanent Transcendence

Author: Patrice Haynes

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441150862

Page: 240

View: 973

Over the last twenty years materialist thinkers in the continental tradition have increasingly emphasized the category of immanence. Yet the turn to immanence has not meant the wholesale rejection of the concept of transcendence, but rather its reconfiguration in immanent or materialist terms: an immanent transcendence. Through an engagement with the work of Deleuze, Irigaray and Adorno, Patrice Haynes examines how the notion of immanent transcendence can help articulate a non-reductive materialism by which to rethink politics, ethics and theology in exciting new ways. However, she argues that contrary to what some might expect, immanent accounts of matter and transcendence are ultimately unable to do justice to material finitude. Indeed, Haynes concludes by suggesting that a theistic understanding of divine transcendence offers ways to affirm fully material immanence, thus pointing towards the idea of a theological materialism.

The Aesthetics of the Critical Theorists

81 NOTES 18ee Martin Jay , The Dialectical Imagination : A History of the
Frankfurt School and the Institute for Social Research ( Boston : Little , Brown ,
1973 ) , ch . 6 ; Susan Buck - Morss , The Origin of Negative Dialectics : Theodor
W ...

The Aesthetics of the Critical Theorists

Author: Ronald Roblin

Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press

ISBN: 9780889463684

Page: 526

View: 713

Religion in Hip Hop

For a helpful book on this group of thinkers, see Martin Jay, The Dialectical
Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt ... Benjamin and Adorno, see Susan Buck
Morss, The Origin of Negative Dialectics: Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and
the ...

Religion in Hip Hop

Author: Monica R. Miller

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472507223

Page: 296

View: 849

Now a global and transnational phenomenon, hip hop culture continues to affect and be affected by the institutional, cultural, religious, social, economic and political landscape of American society and beyond. Over the past two decades, numerous disciplines have taken up hip hop culture for its intellectual weight and contributions to the cultural life and self-understanding of the United States. More recently, the academic study of religion has given hip hop culture closer and more critical attention, yet this conversation is often limited to discussions of hip hop and traditional understandings of religion and a methodological hyper-focus on lyrical and textual analyses. Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the Terrain provides an important step in advancing and mapping this new field of Religion and Hip Hop Studies. The volume features 14 original contributions representative of this new terrain within three sections representing major thematic issues over the past two decades. The Preface is written by one of the most prolific and founding scholars of this area of study, Michael Eric Dyson, and the inclusion of and collaboration with Bernard 'Bun B' Freeman fosters a perspective internal to Hip Hop and encourages conversation between artists and academics.

Max Horkheimer and the Foundations of the Frankfurt School

Retracing the steps that Adorno followed on his path to Horkheimer and
eventually to Dialectic ofEnlightenment would ... 2 Susan Buck-Morss's The
Origins of Negative Dialectics is the exception, but she tells the story solely from
Adorno's ...

Max Horkheimer and the Foundations of the Frankfurt School

Author: John Abromeit

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113949936X


View: 308

This book is the first comprehensive intellectual biography of Max Horkheimer during the early and middle phases of his life (1895–1941). Drawing on unexamined new sources, John Abromeit describes the critical details of Horkheimer's intellectual development. This study recovers and reconstructs the model of early Critical Theory that guided the work of the Institute for Social Research in the 1930s. Horkheimer is remembered primarily as the co-author of Dialectic of Enlightenment, which he wrote with Theodor W. Adorno in the early 1940s. But few people realize that Horkheimer and Adorno did not begin working together seriously until the late 1930s or that the model of Critical Theory developed by Horkheimer and Erich Fromm in the late 1920s and early 1930s differs in crucial ways from Dialectic of Enlightenment. Abromeit highlights the ways in which Horkheimer's early Critical Theory remains relevant to contemporary theoretical discussions in a wide variety of fields.

Visual Culture Studies

Professor Susan Buck-Morss is the author of The Origin of Negative Dialectics (
1977), The Dialectics of Seeing (1989), Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The
Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West (2000), and Thinking Past Terror:
Islamism ...

Visual Culture Studies

Author: Marquard Smith

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446202755

Page: 264

View: 775

Visual Culture Studies presents 13 engaging and detailed interviews with some of the most influential intellectuals working today on the objects, subjects, media and environments of visual culture. Exploring historical and theoretical questions of vision, the visual and visuality, this collection reveals the provocative insights of these thinkers as they have contributed in exhilarating ways to disturbing the parameters of more traditional areas of study across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In so doing they have key roles in establishing Visual Culture Studies as a significant field of inquiry. Each interview draws out the interests and commitments of the interviewee to critically interrogate the past, present and future possibilities of Visual Culture Studies and visual culture itself. The discussions concentrate on three broad areas of deliberation: The intellectual and institutional status of Visual Culture Studies. The histories, genealogies and archaeologies of visual culture and its study. The diverse ways in which the experiences of vision, and the visual, can be articulated and mobilized to political, aesthetic and ethical ends. This book demonstrates the intellectual significance of Visual Culture Studies, and the ongoing importance of the study of the visual. Marquard Smith is Reader in Visual and Material Culture at Kingston University, London, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Visual Culture.

Adorno s Aesthetics of Critique

... cognitive divide of subject and object in her Adorno's Positive Dialectic (
Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002), 115. ... the individual that is of primary
concern in her The Origin of Negative Dialectics (Sussex: Harvester Press
Limited, 1977), 82.

Adorno   s Aesthetics of Critique

Author: Shea Coulson

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443806765

Page: 175

View: 686

Adorno's Aesthetics of Critique examines Theodor Adorno's mode of critique from the perspective of his aesthetics. This has two purposes. The first purpose is to determine the effect of the primary importance Adorno places on aesthetics in his philosophy as a whole and to determine how this primacy influences the way in which he reads the philosophical tradition. The second purpose is to understand the role of aesthetics in critical thinking generally and to reinvigorate Adorno's understanding of the subjective and objective dimensions of critique. The ultimate aim is to promote new interpretations of Adorno and to reassert his relevance for constructing effective modes of critical thinking. The book proceeds through four main chapters that focus on four different dimensions of Adorno's thought: knowledge, history, culture, and art. The first chapter uses Adorno's aesthetic theory to re-read his interpretation of Kant's subject-object dynamic. This grounds the second chapter, on history, which proceeds through an analysis of Adorno's reading of Hegel. The third chapter uses the philosophical grounding of the first two to explore how knowledge and history interact within society as fundamental dimensions of "culture". The scope and meaning of culture and its relevance for critique form the primary focus of this chapter. The fourth chapter turns to art to highlight the relationship between the critical and artistic dimensions of aesthetics in order to facilitate a dialogue between them. This serves the purpose of asserting and outlining the relevance of aesthetics for critical thought in the humanities and social sciences, which forms the crux of the book.

Consuming Environments

For an introduction to Benjamin, see Susan Buck-Morss, The Origin of Negative
Dialectics: Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and the Frankfurt Institute (New
York: Free Press, 1977), or Margaret Cohen, Profane Illumination: Walter ...

Consuming Environments

Author: Mike Budd

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813525921

Page: 225

View: 272