By Peter E. Gordon
From the start to the top of his occupation, the severe theorist Theodor W. Adorno sustained an uneasy yet enduring bond with existentialism. His perspective total was once that of unsparing feedback, verging on polemic. In Kierkegaard he observed an early paragon for the past due flowering of bourgeois solipsism; in Heidegger, an impresario for a “jargon of authenticity” cloaking its idealism in an air of secrecy of pseudo-concreteness and neo-romantic kitsch. Even within the straitened rationalism of Husserl’s phenomenology Adorno observed a useless try to separate from from the prison-house of consciousness.
Most students of serious concept nonetheless regard those philosophical workouts as marginal works―unfortunate lapses of judgment for a philosopher differently celebrated for dialectical mastery. but his chronic fascination with the philosophical canons of existentialism and phenomenology indicates a connection way more efficient than mere antipathy. From his first released booklet on Kierkegaard’s aesthetic to the mature reports in unfavourable dialectics, Adorno used to be endlessly returning to the philosophies of bourgeois interiority, looking the paradoxical relation among their appear failure and their hidden promise.
Ultimately, Adorno observed in them an instructive if unsuccessful try and notice his personal ambition: to flee the enchanted circle of idealism which will grab “the primacy of the object.” workouts in “immanent critique,” Adorno’s writings on Kierkegaard, Husserl, and Heidegger current us with a photographic negative―a philosophical portrait of the writer himself. In Adorno and Existence, Peter E. Gordon casts new and surprising mild in this ignored bankruptcy within the historical past of Continental philosophy.
Read Online or Download Adorno and Existence PDF
Similar existentialism books
Within the quarter-century because Antoine Roquentin, the “hero” of Nausea, made his visual appeal, he has turn into a well-recognized of our global, a type of males who, like Hamlet or Julien Sorel, stay open air the pages of the books within which they assumed their characters. whether it is now not strictly right to name him an archetype, however he's an unique upon whom many copies, either fictional and genuine, were shaped.
Existential remedy has been practiced and remains to be practiced in lots of varieties and occasions during the international. yet formerly, it has lacked a coherent constitution, and research of its tenets, and an review of its usefulness. Irvin Yalom, whose idea and perform of staff Psychotherapy has rendered this kind of provider to that self-discipline on account that 1970, presents existential psychotherapy with a history, a synthesis, and a framework.
Within the 5 tales incorporated during this collection––"The Wall," "The Room," "Erostratus," "Intimacy" and "The adolescence of a Leader"––the French grasp of Existentialism screens his powers of narrative and mental perception at their premiere.
Steven Crowell has been for a few years a number one voice in debates on twentieth-century ecu philosophy. This quantity offers 13 contemporary essays that jointly offer a scientific account of the relation among significant adventure (intentionality) and responsiveness to norms. They argue for a brand new figuring out of the philosophical value of phenomenology, taking the paintings of Husserl and Heidegger as exemplary, and introducing a perception of phenomenology vast adequate to surround the practices of either philosophers.
- The Moviegoer
- Test Your Vocabulary for FCE
- The Work of Sartre
- Fear and Trembling (Penguin Great Ideas)
- On Truth And Lies In A Non Moral Sense
Extra info for Adorno and Existence
Already in the dissertation Adorno had distinguished Kierkegaard’s thought from recent trends in existential ontology. But now Adorno no longer cared to associate Kierkegaard with the recent philosophers at all. Instead it was the theological element in Kierkegaard that came to the fore, and with a surprising consequence, for even as this new and more sympathetic reading drew Kierkegaard away from contemporary existentialism it brought him into a horizon of thought with which Adorno felt a far greater affinity.
But all facts of biography seem to pale in significance when one considers the political and philosophical differences between the two thinkers. The greatest temptation when Starting Out with Kierkegaard / 15 interrogating Adorno’s bond with the philosophy of existence would be to reduce it to a merely political antagonism, as if critical theory and existentialism were little more than rarefied and philosophical names for an essentially political standoff between two opposing ideologies of the mid-twentieth century, socialism and fascism.
23 By the time Adorno began to revise the dissertation for publication, the political scene was beginning to show signs of serious fracture and “decency” grew increasingly rare. ”24 By 1932, however, the book was nearly complete. B. Mohr (Siebeck) in the winter of 1933. ”26 It is also worth noting that in the very same year Tillich published his book “The Socialist Decision,” an attack on the new regime that led to his dismissal from the university and, soon thereafter, his flight into exile.
Adorno and Existence by Peter E. Gordon