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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 due to the fact 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 courting to Marx, in addition to elaborating his personal perception of dialectical considering as a serious 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 manner of considering 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 techniques, really within the social sciences, in addition to calling for the renewal of ontological and metaphysical modes of concept which try to go beyond the abstractness of contemporary social event by way of attract regressive philosophical different types. whereas supplying an account of many critical topics of Hegelian concept, he additionally alludes to a complete diversity of alternative philosophical, literary and creative figures of primary significance to his notion of severe concept, significantly Walter Benjamin and the belief of a constellation of innovations because the version for an 'open or fractured dialectic' past the limitations of strategy and system.

These lectures are professional with full of life anecdotes and private reminiscences which enable the reader to glimpse what has been defined because the 'workshop' of Adorno's concept. As such, they supply an incredible access aspect for all scholars and students within the humanities and social sciences who're attracted to Adorno's paintings in addition to these trying to comprehend the character of dialectical thinking.

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