Term: Spring 2009

Subject Code: GPHI

Course Number: 6619

In his last years, Adorno has written two major books in which he has tried to elaborate in a systematic way the central arguments of his philosophy: Negative Dialectics (1966) and Aesthetic Theory (published 1970). Although Adorno himself was critical about the very idea of a systematic elaboration of philosophical arguments, these two books are indispensable for understanding his philosophy. We will therefore read selected passages of both books. In addition, we will confront them with some of Adorno�s earlier essays, in order to address the question of the form of philosophic presentation (Darstellung).

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