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The Origin of Negative Dialectics: Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and the Frankfurt Institute

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A treinta años de su primera edición en español, este libro ya es un clásico de la teoría y el pensamiento intelectual, así como una referencia ineludible en los debates en torno a la escuela de Frankfurt. En tiempos de la Alemania de la Social Democracia y de levantamientos estudiantiles, Susan Buck-Morss se propuso rescatar la figura de Adorno y releer la tradición filos ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 1st 1979 by Free Press (first published 1977)
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Classic secondary work on Adorno/critical theory. Especially interesting for its account of Benjamin's important, yet mostly neglected, influence on Adorno's method (and, to a lesser extent, vice-versa). Yet has serious problems. For a start, it does not analyze Adorno's later development or work, including "Negative Dialectics" itself, i.e. Adorno's most important work and the purported subject of Buck-Morss' book.
Adam
Apr 27, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it
Crucial, keen, and a stellar program for brow-furrowing exercises.
Jane
Jul 29, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it
Very smart, very helpful, beautifully written, full of fascinating material.
Michael
Feb 12, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
Just started. I don't think anything quite yet. I do like her description of what Adorno/Benjamin picked up from Lukacs' dialectical method while rejecting the Proletariat as the univeral subject of history.

Having finished this, it is perhaps one of the best books I have read on Adorno and Benjamin. Buck Morss clearly and concisely describes and incredibly difficult set of theoretical arguments in a way that makes these two difficult thinkers approachable.
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May 18, 2013 and rated it it was amazing
this book is indispensable for understanding Frankfurt school. She puts everything in context, meaning she explains how Adorno was revising Kierkegaard, or Benjamin Kant, etc, in a way that is incredibly helpful. you see the parallels between all the thinkers by their disagreements. dense but worth the labor
Levi
Jan 16, 2009 Levi rated it really liked it

Amazingly lucid and interesting explanatory work. All other books on Adorno have been laborious and lacked the clarity of understanding that Susan Buck-Morss brings to bear on her subject.
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Susan Buck-Morss is an American philosopher and intellectual historian. She is currently Professor of Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center.
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