A powerful critique of Heidegger from one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century
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Ontology and Dialectics 1960/61 THEODOR W. ADORNO Edited by Rolf Tiedemann Translated by Nicholas Walker Adorno’s lectures on ontology and dialectics from 1960-61 comprise his most sustained and systematic analysis of Heidegger’s philosophy. They also represent a continuation of a project that Adorno shared with Walter Benjamin – to “annihilate Heidegger.” Following the publication of Heidegger’s magnum opus, Being and Time, and long before his notorious endorsement of Nazism at Freiburg University, both Adorno and Benjamin had already rejected Heidegger’s fundamental ontology. After his return to Germany from his exile in the US,Adorno became Heidegger’s intellectual counterpart, engaging more intensively with his work than with that of any other contemporary philosopher. Adorno regarded Heidegger as an extremely limited thinker, and for that reason all the more dangerous. In these lectures, he highlights Heidegger’s increasing fixation with the concept of ontology to show that the doctrine of being can only truly be understood through a process of dialectical thinking. Rather than through overt political denunciation, Adorno deftly highlights the connections between Heidegger’s philosophy and his political views, and in doing so offers an alternative plea for enlightenment and rationality. These seminal lectures in which Adorno dissects the thought of one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century will appeal to students and scholars in philosophy and critical theory and throughout the humanities and social sciences. THEODOR W. ADORNO (1903-1969), a prominent member of the Frankfurt School, was one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century in the areas of social theory, philosophy and aesthetics.
“Ontology and Dialectics is a work of the highest importance. These lectures allow us not only to gain a clearer understanding of Adorno’s critique of Heidegger, but also to understand more fully the project of a German-Jewish thinker who, having returned to Germany after World War II, wonders if philosophy ‘after Auschwitz’ is still possible. The course shows Adorno developing and assembling many of the major concepts that would inform the mature phase of his thinking, right up to his untimely death in August 1969.” – Gerhard Richter, Brown University