By Theodor W. Adorno

ISBN-10: 0745678580

ISBN-13: 9780745678580

This vintage e-book via Theodor W. Adorno anticipates the various subject matters that experience due to the fact 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 through Adorno in his most vital philosophical works, together with unfavourable 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 this reason remodeled in Frankfurt in 1955-56. The textual content was once written as a critique of Husserl’s phenomenology, however the critique of phenomenology is used because the social gathering 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 concept. the result's a strong textual content which is still essentially the most devastating reviews of Husserl’s paintings ever written and which heralded a few of the rules that experience develop into average in modern philosophy.

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Nominalism According to Kant, the antinomies appear wherever thought transcends the possibility of experience. But prima philosophia, the system, is endangered by experience. Thus the Kantian critique of 39 reason has thought itself to death. In no way, however, does the problem of prima philosophia thereby coincide with the real­ ism–nominalism debate. All philosophies of origins of modern times arose under the auspices of nominalism. Indeed Aristotle’s Metaphysics, with the equivocity of its concept of oὐϭiα, already stands on the threshold.

What in the end fancies itself origin is simply antiquarian 41 and manifests, along with the Jugendbewegung in Germany, that allergy for the nineteenth century which does not so much surpass the present as it becomes uncontrollable and betrays freedom. Since the question of the immediately first is inappro­ priate to the current situation of spirit and must resolutely blind itself against mediation, it entreats an outmoded historical situation. What it timelessly disposes before the ontic is a changeling, a past which has been made unrecognizable.

Its value increases with the indifference of its highest term which comprehends everything and thus nothing. The new ontology returns peni­ tently to the beginning of Hegel’s Logic and expires in the abstract identity with which the whole game began. INTRODUCTION Illusory Concretization and Formalism Ever since Scheler’s book on Kantian ethics, epistemological and systematic formalism have been in disfavour. In its place, material philosophizing was promised, though indeed immediately bur­ dened with the exceedingly questionable concept of value drawn from trade relations.

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