Download PDF by Theodor W. Adorno: Against Epistemology: A Metacritique

By Theodor W. Adorno

ISBN-10: 0745678580

ISBN-13: 9780745678580

This vintage booklet via Theodor W. Adorno anticipates the various subject matters that experience for the reason 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 constructed by means of Adorno in his most crucial philosophical works, together with unfavorable Dialectics.

Against Epistemology is predicated on a manuscript Adorno initially wrote in Oxford in 1934-37 in the course of his first years in exile and consequently remodeled 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 get together 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 complicated example of the decay of bourgeois idealism with an immanent critique of the tensions and contradictions inner to Husserl’s inspiration. 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 a number of the rules that experience turn into typical in modern philosophy.

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Hegel’s Phenomenology corresponds 33 to this by both passively following the movement of the concept and actively directing this movement, thus transforming the object. The concept of immanence sets the limits on immanent critique. e. 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.

1 48 Critique of Logical Absolutism If an angel were ever to tell us something about his philosophy, I reckon we would hear many sentences like ‘2+2=13’ Lichtenberg Philosophy, Metaphysics and Science Since Descartes’ time a contradiction has come to the fore in the relations between philosophy and the sciences, though it was already implicit in Aristotle. Philosophy seeks to think the unconditioned, to transcend positivity and the accepted existence of sciences – arbitrarily dedicated to separate objects, and which starkly isolate matter and method – and to contrast the scientific domain with the unfettered truth.

The more objectively cognition poses and the more purified from all delusion and supplement from the observer, the more subjective it becomes in the totality of its procedure. The form of organization which is immanent to science and which philosophy absorbs gets in the way of the goal which is visible to philosophy. e. if as science it enters into opposition with its own raison d’être, and yet whenever it gives a cold shoulder to science literally loses its reason – then its attempt to regard itself as science must lead to contradiction.

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