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By Theodor W. Adorno

ISBN-10: 0745678580

ISBN-13: 9780745678580

This vintage e-book by means of Theodor W. Adorno anticipates some of the subject matters that experience seeing that turn into universal in modern philosophy: the critique of foundationalism, the illusions of idealism and the tip of epistemology. It additionally foreshadows the various key principles that have been built by way of Adorno in his most crucial philosophical works, together with damaging 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 for that reason 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 celebration for a wider critique of epistemology. Adorno defined this as a ‘metacritique’ which blends jointly the research of Husserl’s phenomenology because the such a lot complicated example of the decay of bourgeois idealism with an immanent critique of the tensions and contradictions inner to Husserl’s concept. the result's a robust textual content which is still the most devastating opinions of Husserl’s paintings ever written and which heralded some of the principles that experience turn into average in modern philosophy.

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The aura of the concrete accrues to the concept, 37 38 39 Logik [70]; cf. Cairns <57>. Ibid. [134]; and <114>. Ibid. [217]; and <186>. 37 which presents itself to consciousness as unbesmirched by abstracting, through the theorems of the ideal unity of the species and ideation. Subjectively mediated determinations are credited to whatever completely lacks the subjective as qualities of its being in-itself. And so its authority is established. The counterquestion as to the source of those determinations is blocked.

And indeed this includes not only, as he wishes, the specialized sciences ‘which require the natural attitude’, 8 but even ‘pure logic as mathesis universalis’,9 without which the very concept of a rigorous science would be meaningless, though Husserl so qualifies phenomenology.

As method (Weise), the ancient wisdom understands that in the end all the scars of its miscarriages should be presented as monuments. Everything strikes it as for the good. Because mediations were frightened into the dark, the determinations, which must be renounced in the formation of general concepts, can without notice, nevertheless, be added, by philosophical need, back to the result. One does not need to observe what was left aside in order to reach ‘being in general’. Since, however, this being contains everything conceivable within itself, it lets itself be undisputedly filled with what is contained.

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