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The Jargon of Authenticity

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Theodor Adorno was no stranger to controversy. In 'The Jargon of Authenticity' he gives full expression to his hostility to the language employed by certain existentialist thinkers such as Martin Heidegger.
Published September 5th 2002 by Routledge (first published 1964)
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Barnaby Thieme
Jan 15, 2013 Barnaby Thieme rated it it was amazing
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I have a special affection for this book, which cogently diagnoses a phenomenon with which I am all-too-familiar, living as I do in Northern California.

Adorno criticizes "jargon," a misuse of language peculiar to the German Existentialists. Jargon is the use of rarefied terminology for the putative purpose of introducing new distinctions into language. It involves using common terms in unusual ways or the abundant creation of neologisms.

The use of jargon is closely tied to the concept of authe
Jul 19, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Adorno, who sometimes flirts with jargon of his own or at the very least uses cluttered language, relentlessly attacks and eviscerates the thought of existentialists. From the very first sentence with its use of the cloying term "gathering" ("In the early twenties a number of people active in philosophy, sociology, and theology planned a gathering"), Adorno hones in on Heidegger as the primary perpetrator. And from that very first sentence, the acid and bile flows freely and biting ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Scribe rated it liked it
Not really sure how to rate this one, so going down the middle. I guess I glossed over the blurb and wasn't expecting it be an out-and-out critique/criticism of Heidegger's Exisentialism, so obviously I'm not the target reader.

That said, the critique was pretty fascinating in places, especially around the beginning (e.g. on the role of jargon devoid of reality) and toward the end (e.g. the paradox of defining oneself as existing alongside "death"). It seems like these key points are still (more
Leonard Houx
Sep 24, 2010 Leonard Houx rated it it was amazing
This book--and its critique of Heidegger--is brilliant. For just a moment, Heidegger scholars should forget the ad hominem attacks on his politics and sit down and read this book. Why don't they? Are they scared of reading it?
May 27, 2015 Adam rated it it was amazing
The paragon of polemic. Adorno directs his inimitable prose and prowess toward his lifelong bete noir, and the result is philosophy written in fire.
Sep 27, 2007 Thea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: closet communists and academics
It sounds obnoxious, but this book really changed my life. This guy's books are usually impossible to read without three reading guides and a scholar to explain to you what's going on - but this book is actually quite easy to understand, and even helped me to understand his overall philosophy and what critical theory actually is.

It's basic idea is that political economy affects how we feel - and that capitalism gives people the blues. Really really profound blues. That idea really blew my socks
Abdullah Basaran
Mar 23, 2012 Abdullah Basaran rated it really liked it
I have no idea about whether Adorno could have changed his attitude or not if he had read the interview which was published in Der Spigel after Heidegger's death. However, i am able to specify that Adorno had critisized Heidegger and the other existansialists very well. Even though he had some redundant worries, we can see easily this attitude to Holocaust's dull.

In addition, I am glad because Kaan H. Ökten, the translator of "Being and Time" in Turkish, recommends this book in his brand-new boo
Apr 08, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Though largely an attack on Jaspers, this book is really an outright assault on existential decisionism and it emotive justifications from Jaspers to Heidegger. Adorno is ruthless in exposing the poverty of thought of the existential movement and its a-historicism which results in a rootlessness that can in theory (as well as in fact) lead to ethical and political catastrophe.
The bitterer Adorno with particular bones to pick against German existentialism. Worth it for several delectable sentences parodying Heidegger's farmers, characterizing mediation, and describing employment in an economy of pumped-up production as disguised unemployment.
Nated Doherty
Jul 05, 2007 Nated Doherty rated it liked it
Recommends it for: stephe, pat
Shelves: philosophy
this guy is such a grumpy old man...but he's also very smart. The books pretty specific to a certain period of German history, but the points it makes can be extended beyond, I think. I don't think i understood it fully, but what I got was good.
Mar 19, 2007 Max rated it it was amazing
Adorno's three pages on Rilke would be worth reading the book even without its devastating account of bureaucratic authenticity and its serious reckoning with Heidegger, and are probably the last thing anyone need ever say about Rilke.
Feb 27, 2015 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A bucking-bronco ride beside a steam of consciousness…with interesting sightseeing available for the reader who remains in the saddle…

Mar 16, 2012 Stas marked it as to-read
What does Trent Schroyuer mean by "Hegel's immanentism of Reason in history", purportedly rejected by Kierkegaard? Is it fair to say that in rejecting it, Kierkegaard simply "tried to restore the irreducibility of human subjectivity"? If for Kierkegaard "the suffering of the individual is not justified as a panlogism of history" is it fair to say that for Hegel it was?

Adorno's own foreword states that for a philosophy, "to be in line with its own nature" is not the same as "retreating to the id
Jun 10, 2015 Tijana rated it it was amazing
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Adorno - sušti otrov od čoveka. Kako je zao, kako je samo zao prema Hajdegeru! Ali sasvim opravdano.

Dakle, za knjigu koja je gola filozofska polemika (i to o filozofskom usmerenju o kome pojma nemam) ovo je beskrajno zabavno štivo. Adorno secira "uzvišeni" a suštinski lažni i isprazni filozofski žargon Hajdegerovih epigona (taj deo je i danas koristan za suočavanje sa bilo kojim pseudonaučnim i pseudofilozofskim jezikom) i onda se postepeno prebacuje na kritiku samih Hajdegerovih stavova. Ono št
Jennings Peeler
Feb 27, 2015 Jennings Peeler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A bucking-bronco ride beside a steam of consciousness…with interesting sightseeing available for the reader who remains in the saddle…

Oct 25, 2013 Ali rated it really liked it
خیلی شخت ... خیلی خیلی سخت . من که حداقل سی چهل درصدشو بخاطر بیسوادیم نفهمیدم . باید یکم بیشتر از فرانکفورتیا بخونم :(
Nov 16, 2013 Tyler rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Existential Thought
Shelves: philosophy
This is mainly a critique of Heidegger's existentialism.
Dec 06, 2007 Jamey rated it really liked it
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The antidote to Heidegger poisoning.
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Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno was one of the most important philosophers and social critics in Germany after World War II. Although less well known among anglophone philosophers than his contemporary Hans-Georg Gadamer, Adorno had even greater influence on scholars and intellectuals in postwar Germany. In the 1960s he was the most prominent challenger to both Sir Karl Popper's philosophy of science a ...more
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“Since death, as the existential horizon of Dasein, is considered absolute, it becomes the absolute in the form of an icon. There is here a regression to the cult of death; thus the jargon has from the beginning gotten along well with military manners. Now, as earlier, that answer is valid which Horkheimer gave to an enthusiastic female devotee of Heidegger's. She said that Heidegger had finally, at least, once again placed men before death; Horkheimer replied that Ludendorff had taken care of that much better.” 1 likes
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