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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 on account that classical instances. whereas discussing connections with Plato and Kant, Adorno concentrates at the so much systematic improvement of the dialectic in Hegel's philosophy, and its courting to Marx, in addition to elaborating his personal notion of dialectical considering 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 manner 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 proposal which try and go beyond the abstractness of recent social event through entice regressive philosophical different types. whereas supplying an account of many relevant subject matters of Hegelian idea, he additionally alludes to an entire variety of alternative philosophical, literary and creative figures of valuable value to his notion of serious idea, significantly 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 professional with full of life anecdotes and private memories which permit the reader to glimpse what has been defined because the 'workshop' of Adorno's proposal. As such, they supply a terrific access element 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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