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Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy


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Table of Contents

Preface vii Acknowledgements ix Introduction: Contemporary Alternatives 1

1 Negative Philosophy? 22

2 Contradiction as Truth-Content: Adorno and Kant 38

3 Immediacy and Mediation: Hegelian and Adornian Dialectics 54

4 Nature 75

5 Freedom 96

6 Aesthetics and Philosophy 135

Conclusion 175 Notes 189 References 198 Index 205

About the Author

Andrew Bowie is Professor of Philosophy and German at Royal Holloway, University of London.


"Bowie combines a massive range of reading with an extraordinary power of lucid exposition, and it is hard to see how the task of turning Adorno into an intellectual peacemaker could have been better achieved."
New Humanist

"Bowie's book is a highly illuminating and insightful treatise on the philosophy of Theodor W. Adorno and on its critical potential with respect to much of contemporary philosophy. In particular Bowie shows with Adorno why art is not just one of many possible topics of possible philosophical reflection, but has a philosophical significance of its own which is neglected in most of contemporary aesthetics."
Albrecht Wellmer, Free University, Berlin, Adorno-Prize Winner 2006

"Bowie's distinctive and original treatment puts Adorno in sharp focus, while also offering a synoptic view of the general state of contemporary philosophy. Bowie clarifies Adorno's relation to the post-Kantian tradition and engages sympathetically yet critically with Adorno's remarkable project. The result is enlightening and highly engaging."
Sebastian Gardner, University College London

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