Adorno: The Recovery of Experience (Suny Series in by Roger Foster

By Roger Foster

In Adorno, Roger Foster argues that there's a coherent severe undertaking on the middle of Adorno’s philosophy of language and epistemology, the most important to that is the restoration of a broader figuring out of expertise. Foster claims, in Adorno’s writings, it's the proposal of religious event that denotes this richer imaginative and prescient of expertise and indicates an knowledge of the experiential stipulations of ideas. via elucidating Adorno’s view of philosophy as a serious perform that discloses the soreness of the realm, Foster exhibits that Adorno’s philosophy doesn't prove in a sort of resignation or futile pessimism. Foster additionally breaks new floor by way of putting Adorno’s idea of expertise relating to the paintings of alternative early twentieth-century thinkers, particularly Henri Bergson, Marcel Proust, Edmund Husserl, and early Wittgenstein.

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“This publication argues its place in actual fact, engages incisively with the to be had secondary literature in either English and German, and establishes a brand new interpretive place that during many ways corrects and in others complements the scholarly literature.” —Max Pensky, editor of The reality of Adorno: serious Essays on Adorno and the Postmodern

“This is the main lucid presentation I’ve ever learn of Adorno’s paintings. it is a particular fulfillment simply because Foster is facing probably the most tough and nuanced points of Adorno: his perception of expertise relating to language.” — Tom Huhn, editor of The Cambridge spouse to Adorno

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Spiritual experience in Adorno works within the interpretive frame of natural history. Thus what becomes accessible in spiritual experience is the truth about the historical process as the withering of experience (1951, 64). This is visible in Minima Moralia as the decay of the individual—its “passing away” as the transition of history into nature. The suffering of the individual gives the lie to the teleology of the self-realizing absolute. THE LIMITS OF LANGUAGE OR HOW IS SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE?

1974d, 563) Bloch finds a way to penetrate the solidified exterior of the object through a form of controlled immersion. To refer to this as tender/aggressive means that it brings to bear in equal measure the desire to identify with the object and the demand that the object conform to the dictates of a rational articulation of its meaning. The desire to identify with the object is the same as the striving to make language work expressively, by trying to capture the richness of the subject’s situated experience of the object in language.

Its dependence on society is therefore revealed immanently, by coaxing the concept to self-consciousness. The essential feature of the form of composition in question is spiritual experience. The point is to use the power of the subject to excavate the hidden dependence of the concept on social meaning, through teasing out of the concept the manifold threads of significance that link it to different features of its historical context. ”9 The disenchantment of the concept, Adorno claims, “is the antidote of philosophy” (1966, 24).

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