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Against Epistemology

A Metacritique

March 25, 2013 | Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780745665382
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Description

This classic book by Theodor W. Adorno anticipates many of the themes that have since become common in contemporary philosophy: the critique of foundationalism, the illusions of idealism and the end of epistemology. It also foreshadows many of the key ideas that were developed by Adorno in his most important philosophical works, including Negative Dialectics.

Against Epistemology is based on a manuscript Adorno originally wrote in Oxford in 1934-37 during his first years in exile and subsequently reworked in Frankfurt in 1955-56. The text was written as a critique of Husserl's phenomenology, but the critique of phenomenology is used as the occasion for a much broader critique of epistemology. Adorno described this as a 'metacritique' which blends together the analysis of Husserl's phenomenology as the most advanced instance of the decay of bourgeois idealism with an immanent critique of the tensions and contradictions internal to Husserl's thought. The result is a powerful text which remains one of the most devastating critiques of Husserl's work ever written and which heralded many of the ideas that have become commonplace in contemporary philosophy.

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About this Author

Theodor W. Adorno was a German sociologist, philosopher and musicologist, and a leading member of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory.

ISBN: 9780745665382
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 256
Publisher: Polity Press, Polity Press
Published: 2013-03-25

Reviews

"Philosopher, social theorist, musicologist and critic, Adorno is now accepted as one of our century's most brilliant radical thinkers."--Michael Rosen, University of Oxford

"Against all odds, Adorno has emerged at the dawn of the twentyÐfirst century as arguably the leading theoretical inspiration of our time."--Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley

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