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Adorno—Nature—Hegel

Theresa M. Kelley

in Language Without Soil

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231263
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235360 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823231263.003.0007
Adorno—Nature—Hegel

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Theodor W. Adorno's innovative understanding of nature and the historical constitutes the core of the two contributions that follow. This chapter illuminates the understanding of nature in Adorno by excavating the manifold relations between him and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's concepts of nature. The chapter's argument in this essay concerns Adorno's surprising critique of Negative Dialectics, surprising because for a brief interval Adorno appears to side with nature against Hegel. This is not precisely the move one might have expected of Adorno, for whom nature ought to have been aligned with the material and experimental culture of knowledge that he, like Hegel, opposed to the work of what Hegel called Spirit and the work of dialectic. However, Adorno charges Hegel with a “rage against nature,” and, in the course of a long section of Negative Dialectics, he makes that charge stick.

Keywords: Theodor W. Adorno; nature; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Spirit; Negative Dialectics; dialectic

Chapter.  7876 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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