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Metaphysics: Concept and Problems

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This volume makes available in English for the first time Adorno's lectures on metaphysics. It provides a unique introduction not only to metaphysics but also to Adorno's own intellectual standpoint, as developed in his major work Negative Dialectics.

Metaphysics for Adorno is defined by a central tension between concepts and immediate facts. Adorno traces this dualism back
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Stanford University Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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A great book that though appearing to be an introduction, also takes you deep into this difficult subject. Based on lecture notes for students, the language is simple and driven by a desire to be understood. One memorable definition of metaphysics is that the same concepts used to destroy our conceptual thinking of the world, are saved to produce new ones. This tension is traced through the Greek's objective idealism to our modern age of subjectivity. Read this book and let the everyday world fl ...more
A collection of lectures by famous critical social theorist, Theodore Adorno, unravels the controversies surrounding the concepts attached to metaphysical philosophy. Adorno dissects the topic with precision only a few skilled theorists can do. Adorno took me on beautiful ride of this important body of knowledge that is controversial but in this book becomes a bit more understandable to the uninitiated. I recommend this book only to those with a good supply of imagination. After all, Albert Eins ...more
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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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