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No Easy Way Out: Adorno's Negativism and the Problem of Normativity

Freyenhagen, F (2009) 'No Easy Way Out: Adorno's Negativism and the Problem of Normativity.' In: Ludovisi, SG and Saavedra, GA, (eds.) Nostalgia for a Redeemed Future: Critical Theory. University of Delaware Press, 39 - 50. ISBN 9780874130720


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In this paper, I will address a question that has long overshadowed T.W. Adorno?s critical theory, namely, the question of whether or not it is possible to account for normativity within his negativistic philosophy. I believe that we can answer this question in the affirmative, but in this paper my aim will be more limited. I will clarify the problem and lay out the response strategies that are open to those hoping to defend Adorno?s theory. And I will argue that the problem cannot be dismissed as easily as is sometimes suggested, namely, by those who claim that Adorno?s theory is not normative.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 11:21
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 18:14

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