Negative dialectics as a model analysis
The article deals with Adorno’s intention to create a new modified concept of dialectics, i. e. negative dialectics. It concentrates on the model analysis, or rather the models of negative dialectics as developed by Adorno in his Negative Dialectics (1966). While Adorno’s anti system does retain some of the most salient features of the traditional system such as systematicity and encyclopedicity, his philosophical attention shifts from the general to the particular and individual, and even to the fragmentary. It is by employing the model conceived by the negative dialectics as “an ensemble of analyses of models” that it attempts to comprehend the concreteness; in this context, the influence of Kant’s philosophical thought as reflected in Adorno is clearly a salient factor. The concluding part underscores the importance of the methodology in Negative Dialectics, which is far more relevant and decisive than the historic-philosophical aspect in assessing Adorno’s philosophical thought as a whole. Adorno’s philosophy of history is neither exclusivist nor preferential when it comes to understanding his philosophy.
Univerza v Ljubljani, Filozofska fakulteta, Oddelek za filozofijo, Aškerčeva cesta 2, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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