By Alastair Morgan
During this vital and fascinating e-book, Alastair Morgan bargains an in depth exam of the concept that of existence in Adorno’s philosophy. He relates Adorno’s notion during this context to a few key thinkers within the heritage of continental philosophy, together with Marx, Hegel, Heidegger and Agamben, and gives an issue for the relevance and significance of Adorno’s severe philosophy of lifestyles before everything of the twenty-first century.
Crucially, Morgan deals a brand new framework for knowing the relation among recommendations of existence and a severe philosophy.
The suggestion of existence has formerly obtained little recognition in Adorno scholarship. but it is a continuing subject matter and challenge working all through Adorno’s paintings, from his early reviews of life-philosophies to his past due philosophy of metaphysical adventure because the danger of existence. the concept Adorno’s philosophy is short of or missing in a basic ontology has been the topic of loads of serious cognizance, yet this has hardly ever been tested via an research of the concept that of existence. moreover, philosophies of existence have obvious a resurgence lately (particularly with a renewed curiosity in Bergson’s philosophy through the serious reception of Deleuze’s philosophy).
Adorno’s notion of Life is an important and well timed examine that provides a particular interpretation of Adorno’s philosophy, and may be of critical curiosity to a person engaged on Adorno.
Furthermore, it presents a robust interpretation of the severe strength of Adorno’s philosophy, that might give a contribution to the renewed curiosity within the notion of existence inside of modern philosophy.
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Adorno does not refer to Freud's revision of his instinctual theory whereby the sexual instinct cornes to include both self.. preservative and libidinal impulses, whereas it is counterposed to the death instinct. Adorno seems singularly uninterested in the death instinct, which is peculiar given his later writings on death and survival. For him, the ego has to contend with both the sexual and the self-preservative instincts and is therefore far from stable. This is not a once and for aIl battle but an ongoing instability within the structure of the ego.
The cult of life for its own sake always boiled down to the cult ofthese powers. Things commonly caIled expressions oflife, from burgeoning fertility and the boisterous activity of children ... aIl this, understood absolutely, takes away the light from the other possibility in blind self-assertion. 19 Even the affective productivity oflife only serves to mimic the self-assertion of a total domination of objectivity within a capitalist form oflife. Happiness and health are produced in a wilful self..
The death-in-life revealed by the camps is the outcome of a process of enlightenment thought, which abstracts from aIl qualitative elements 26 Adorno's Concept ofLife within life in the service ofself-preservation. 4 The individual becomes both completely isolated and exchangeable and as a specimen has no representative function even in its total fungibility. Adorno and Horkheimer trace the move from sacrificial rites to the abstraction of enlightenment thinking, and the role of the individual as a specimen within each process.
Adorno’s Concept of Life by Alastair Morgan