Simon Jarvis's Adorno: A Critical Introduction PDF

By Simon Jarvis

ISBN-10: 0415920574

ISBN-13: 9780415920575

Jarvis bargains an advent to the highbrow and institutional contexts for Adorno's suggestion, and examines his contributions to social thought, cultural concept, aesthetics and philosophy. He demonstrates the iconic coherence and explanatory strength of Adorno's paintings and illustrates its carrying on with relevance to modern debates.

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Instead of this, the task would be to understand the incompmhensibility which distorts relations between humans into nontransparent self-sufficient relations. 2 Durkheim and Weber are interpreted here within the context of the need to construc and deny the philosophy of history which we examined in chapter 1. Each is invoked correctively against the other. Weber argued that social institutions and processes had to be understood through the subjcchve self-understanding of individuals participating in them, without whom these processes would be nothing at all.

Odysseus, the master, is also mastered and self-masted. Domination over nature is paid for with the naturaliiation of social domination. 17 A striking feature of this kind of analysis of the entanglement of power and rationality is the extent to which domination is argued to be coeval with sociality. 1‘ Class domination appears with the division of labour, most archaically, with a division between intellectual or spiritual labour and manual labour: there is class domination before there is capitalist class domination.

Instead it aims against the closure of the possibility of new historical experience which it sees both in an affirmative metaphysic of history and in the mythical redundance and invariance of positivist historiography. The work rejects the pessimistic theory that human nature is irrevocably founded on domination. But it also wjects the cultural idealist denial that there can be anything natural in social life, the insistence that social life is cultural ’all the way down’. Once more this furnishes a critical point of Adorno‘s engagement with the Marxist tradition.

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