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By Theodor W. Adorno

ISBN-10: 0745678580

ISBN-13: 9780745678580

This vintage publication via Theodor W. Adorno anticipates some of the subject matters that experience on the grounds that turn into universal in modern philosophy: the critique of foundationalism, the illusions of idealism and the tip of epistemology. It additionally foreshadows a number of the key principles that have been built by means of Adorno in his most vital philosophical works, together with destructive Dialectics.

Against Epistemology relies on a manuscript Adorno initially wrote in Oxford in 1934-37 in the course of his first years in exile and consequently transformed in Frankfurt in 1955-56. The textual content used to be written as a critique of Husserl’s phenomenology, however the critique of phenomenology is used because the celebration for a wider critique of epistemology. Adorno defined this as a ‘metacritique’ which blends jointly the research of Husserl’s phenomenology because the so much complex example of the decay of bourgeois idealism with an immanent critique of the tensions and contradictions inner to Husserl’s idea. the result's a strong textual content which continues to be probably the most devastating reviews of Husserl’s paintings ever written and which heralded the various principles that experience develop into average in modern philosophy.

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It obeys formal-logical rules and thought becomes a criterion of itself. But it is not decided as a necessity of thought in the analysis of the concept of being that not all being is consciousness. The inclusiveness of such an analysis is rather thereby halted. To think non-thinking (Nichtdenken) is not a seamless consequence of thought. It simply suspends claims to totality on the part of thought. Immanence, however, in the sense of that equivocation of conscious and logical immanence, is nothing other than such totality.

Mediacy is not a positive assertion about being but rather a directive to cognition not to comfort itself with such positivity. It is really the demand to arbitrate dialetic concretely. Expressed as a universal principle, mediacy, just as in Hegel, always amounts to spirit. If it turns into positivity, it becomes untrue. Mastering * [In English in the text. ] 25 such aporia is the perennial effort of epistemologies, though none will succeed. Every one of them stands under Anaximander’s curse, whose philosophy of being was one of the earliest but practically prophesied the coming destiny of them all.

Helmut Coing, Geschichte und Bedeutung des Systemgedankens in der Rechtswissenschaft, in Frankfurter Universitätsreden, Heft 17, 1956, p. 36. INTRODUCTION 29 ably. While Plato’s philosophy denounced the rhetoricians, who dealt formally with objects about which they understood nothing, he also applied himself to an advocate’s formalism, in the method of conditioning concepts, which surpassed sophistic formalism only in logical consistency. In the contest Socrates must almost always be in the right against those designated as his opponents, even though and because he‘ k n o w s nothing’.

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