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Negative Dialectics as a Model Analysis

(Original title: Negatívna dialektika ako modelová analýza)
Filozofia, 67 (2012), 8, 618-629.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Slovak

The article deals with Adorno’s intention to create a new modified concept of dialectics, i. e. negative dialectics. It concentrates on the model analysis, or rather the models of negative dialectics as developed by Adorno in his Negative Dialectics (1966). While Adorno’s antisystem does retain some of the most salient features of the traditional system such as systematicity and encyclopedicity, his philosophical attention shifts from the general to the particular and individual, and even to the fragmentary. It is by employing the model conceived by the negative dialectics as “an ensemble of analyses of models” that it attempts to comprehend the concreteness; in this context, the in- fluence of Kant’s philosophical thought as reflected in Adorno is clearly a salient factor. The concluding part underscores the importance of the methodology in Negative Dialectics, which is far more relevant and decisive than the historico-philosophical aspect in assessing Adorno’s philosophical thought as a whole. Adorno’s philosophy of history is neither exclusivist nor preferential when it comes to understanding his philosophy.


Metaphysics, Negative dialectics, Philosophy of history, Systematic antisystem, Theodor W. Adorno

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