By Roger Foster
In Adorno, Roger Foster argues that there's a coherent serious venture on the middle of Adorno’s philosophy of language and epistemology, the major to that is the restoration of a broader realizing of expertise. Foster claims, in Adorno’s writings, it's the notion of non secular adventure that denotes this richer imaginative and prescient of expertise and indicates an wisdom of the experiential stipulations of innovations. by way of elucidating Adorno’s view of philosophy as a serious perform that discloses the ache of the realm, Foster indicates that Adorno’s philosophy doesn't turn out in a kind of resignation or futile pessimism. Foster additionally breaks new floor by means of putting Adorno’s conception of expertise when it comes to the paintings of alternative early twentieth-century thinkers, specifically Henri Bergson, Marcel Proust, Edmund Husserl, and early Wittgenstein.
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“This e-book argues its place essentially, engages incisively with the on hand secondary literature in either English and German, and establishes a brand new interpretive place that during many ways corrects and in others complements the scholarly literature.” —Max Pensky, editor of The reality of Adorno: severe Essays on Adorno and the Postmodern
“This is the main lucid presentation I’ve ever learn of Adorno’s paintings. it is a distinct success simply because Foster is facing the most tricky and nuanced features of Adorno: his notion of expertise on the subject of language.” — Tom Huhn, editor of The Cambridge significant other to Adorno
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The attempt to condense a philosophy into a set of detachable theses extinguishes the work of the painstaking ascent toward self-awareness that is the very point of philosophical writing. What matters, for both thinkers, is that we achieve an insight that transforms how we relate to our concepts. This is not a thesis asserted in those concepts employed in the philosophical writing (hence Wittgenstein’s assertion that they can be safely “thrown away”). It is rather a form of self-reflection that occurs in the process of trying to come to grips with what happens in the course of trying to elucidate a set of theses.
10 Hence, for Wittgenstein, the dissolution of those problems cannot disclose anything about experience. Before returning to these issues, it will be helpful to put Wittgenstein’s claim about what philosophy can “say” in a larger context. My intention in the next section will be to read Wittgenstein from an Adornian perspective. This is not however, as Adorno reads him (which, as I mentioned, is likely due to Adorno’s filtering of Wittgenstein through his reception in Viennese positivism). What emerges from this reading, I believe, is a striking similarity in the view of the world shared by these two philosophers, and an equally striking difference in their theoretical responses to this insight.
The first is the adequate precision of what is to be said and what can be said (des Auszusagenden und Aussagbaren), it is a fully factual refinement . . the second is dilettant-like and bombast. —Ernst Bloch, zu Subjekt und Objekt LANGUAGE AND DISENCHANTMENT There are almost certainly no philosophers of the twentieth century who rival Adorno and Ludwig Wittgenstein in terms of the depth of their self-reflection on questions of philosophical language and style. It is somewhat surprising, in light of this fact, that fruitful comparisons between Adorno and Wittgenstein have only begun to be developed within the last twenty years.
Adorno: The Recovery of Experience (Suny Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy) by Roger Foster