Adorno and Existence

Adorno and Existence

by Peter E. Gordon

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Adorno was forever returning to the philosophies of bourgeois interiority, seeking the paradoxical relation between their manifest failure and their hidden promise. As Peter E. Gordon shows, Adorno’s writings on Kierkegaard, Husserl, and Heidegger present us with a photographic negative—a philosophical portrait of the author himself.

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ISBN-13: 9780674973534
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/14/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 954,118
File size: 556 KB

About the Author

Peter E. Gordon is Amabel B. James Professor of History and Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University. He is also Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Resident Faculty at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.

Table of Contents

Cover Title Copyright Dedication Contents Preface Introduction: A Philosophical Physiognomy An Unlikely Cathexis The Kierkegaard Reception in Germany Adorn’s Kierkegaard Book Reading Kierkegaard against the Grain Aesthetics and Interiority Wahl’s Études kierkegaardiennes Kierkegaard on Love Reading Philosophy in the 1930s Philosophy and Actuality Heidegger’s Crypto-Idealism Historicizing Nature Anticipations of the Hegel Studies Lukács and Benjamin The Metacritique of Phenomenology The Antinomy of Idealism Failure and Nonidentity Husserl’s Progress, Heidegger’s Regression Toward Negative Dialectics Existentialism’s Aura Satire and Secularization “The Wurlitzer Organ of the Spirit” The Miserable Consolation of Self-Identity Grace and Dignity Endgame as Negative Ontology On Hölderlin and Parataxis Adorno’s “Fat Child” Rage against Nature Toward a Primacy of the Object Pseudo-Concreteness Aura and Mimesis French Existentialism Kierkegaard’s Nominalism Heidegger’s Critique of Reification Ontology as Wish Fulfillment Into the Looking Glass Disenchanting the Concept Salvaging Metaphysics Materialism as Demystified Idealism The Family Scandal Odradek as Damaged Life The Mirror Image Hope against Hope Aesthetics and Interiority Conclusion: Adorno’s Inverse Theology Notes Index

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