By Albrecht Wellmer

In Harry F. Dahms, Lawrence Hazelrigg (ed.) Theorizing smooth Society as a Dynamic technique (Current views in Social idea, quantity 30) Emerald crew Publishing restricted, pp. 35–60

This essay was once a lecture given as a part of the sequence “Classics of Modernity” on the college of Constance in the summertime semester of 1984. unique German ebook: Albrecht Wellmer, Zur Dialektik von Moderne und Postmoderne. Vernunftkritik nach Adorno. Frankfurt (Main): Suhrkamp, pp. 135–166.

Purpose – Appreciating the continued relevance and contribution of Theodor W. Adorno’s paintings calls for acknowledgement of the trouble to know his philosophy in a manner that's in step with that that's to be understood, because the priceless first step to attaining concordant understanding.

Design/methodology/approach – To assay an realizing of Adorno’s quest for the thing past the concept that, it's best to adopt a trip in the course of the complexity of his considering, starting with the e-book he wrote with Max Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment.

Findings – the trouble to catch the substance of philosophy in a way that enables for illustration arises from the inherently processual personality of philosophy, that's regularly either unfinished and with no safe summation of file at any step alongside the way in which. certainly, the trouble is all of the higher with admire to Adorno, in gentle of his postulate that philosophy “must try, by way of the idea that, to go beyond the concept.”

Research limitations/implications – Adorno’s obsession to beat the compulsion of identification made him perceptive and blind even as. to disencumber his insights from their reconciliatory-philosophical shroud, one must divulge the idea that of rationality to a similar obsessive gaze below which fake generalities dissolve in Adorno’s philosophy.

Originality/value – The inherently processual personality of Adorno’s philosophy makes his writings specially germane to provide stipulations of recent society, as they spotlight the significance of efforts to boost theories which are sufficiently delicate to the dynamic personality of contemporary society, together with its inconsistencies and its contradictions.

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For Hegel modern c i v i l as well as modern philosophies like empiricism and transcendental idealism, were characterized by this Entzweiung: whereas modern c i v i l society pitted the individual against the universal, eco- IMMANENT CRITIQUE 29 against politics, morality against ethical life, the philosophy of the modern age expressed this social-historical content through the conceptual dichotomies of the senses versus the understanding, inclination versus the w i l l , necessity versus freedom.

Since in transcendental idealism the principle of theoretical reason is identified w i t h the activity of a transcendental consciousness which unifies such a manifold, theoretical reason is ideal. Reason does not posit the moment of difference which it finds given in the manifold of i n t u i t i o n . Practical reason, by contrast, should be real; it should negate the opposition of the manifold given to it and posit difference out of itself. Freedom is defined by Kant and Fichte as a causality of the w i l l determining itself in accordance w i t h the universal law; the task of practical reason is to generate content in uniformity w i t h the moral law.

By diagnosing both developments to be forms of Entzweiung, Hegel also i m p l i c i t l y gave the solution to this diagnosis: the overcoming of this bifurcation in society and in thought. But such an overcoming could not be attained by juxtaposing the ideal of the ancients to the fact of the only an immanent critique of modernity and of modern subjectivity could show the way. The Natural Law essay states this problem without providing the solution. Instead, Hegel resorts to the image of "tragedy and comedy in ethical life" (NR 495/104) in order to explain bifurcat i o n .

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