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Dialectics and the Transcendence of Dialectics: Adorno's Relation to Schelling

Dews, P (2014) 'Dialectics and the Transcendence of Dialectics: Adorno's Relation to Schelling.' British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 22 (6). pp. 1180-1207. ISSN 0960-8788

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The influence of the thought of the great German Idealist philosopher G.W.F Hegel on the thought of Theodor Adorno, the leading thinker of the first generation of the Frankfurt School, is unmistakeable, and has been the subject of much commentary. Much less discussed, however, is the influence of Hegel's prominent contemporary, F.W.J. Schelling. This article investigates the influence of Schelling on Adorno, and the sometimes striking parallels between fundamental motifs in the work of both thinkers. It argues that Adorno's critique of Hegelian (and indeed of his own, negative) dialectics, his conception of the relation between nature and spirit, and his philosophy of history (amongst other aspects of this thought) owe a considerable debt to Schelling. Furthermore, when adequately explicated, Schelling's position on a range of problems which confronted German Idealist philosophy often prove intrinsically preferable to those of Hegel.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dialectics; German Idealism; Adorno; Schelling; Hegel
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 13:01
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:23

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