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Summer 2021: Adorno's Negative Dialectics

Platypus Virginia reading group

Sundays at 5:00 p.m. ET via Zoom (recurring link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88341966622)

( • required / + recommended readings)

Required background reading:
• six readings by Chris Cutrone"Revolution without Marx? Rousseau, Kant and Hegel" (2013); Review of Andrew Feenberg, The Philosophy of Praxis (2015); "Why still read Lukacs? The place of 'philosophical' questions in Marxism" (2014); "Ends of philosophy" (2018); "On philosophy and Marxism" (2020); and “The negative dialectic of Marxism” (2021)

Recommended supplemental reading:
+ Adorno, Lectures on Negative Dialectics
+ Adorno, History and Freedom
+ Adorno, Introduction to Dialectics
+ Adorno, Ontology and Dialectics
+ Adorno, Metaphysics: Concepts and Problems

Primary sources:
• Theodor AdornoNegative Dialectics (1966, trans. E.B. Ashton, 1973)
Alternate translation by Dennis Redmond (2001/2021) [2021 updated PDF]

Charts of terms:
Being and becoming (freedom in transformation) / immanent dialectical critique chart of terms
+ Kant's 3 Critiques [PNG] and philosophy [PNG] chart of terms
Capitalist contradiction chart of terms 
Commodity form chart of terms
Reification chart of terms
+ Adorno's critique of actionism chart of terms

Week 1: June 6, 2021

• Gillian RoseReview of Adorno's Negative Dialectics (1976)
• Theodor W. Adorno"Why still philosophy?"
• Chris Cutrone, "Ends of philosophy" (2018); "On philosophy and Marxism" (2020); and “The negative dialectic of Marxism” (2021)

Week 2: June 13, 2021

• AdornoNegative Dialectics, Prologue (Preface and Introduction) 

Week 3: June 20, 2021

• AdornoNegative Dialectics, Part One: Relation to Ontology: I. The Ontological Need

Week 4: June 27, 2021

• AdornoNegative Dialectics, Part One: Relation to Ontology: II. Being and Existence

Week 5: July 4, 2021

• AdornoNegative Dialectics, Part Two: Negative Dialectics: Concepts and Categories

Week 6: July 11, 2021

• AdornoNegative Dialectics, Part Three: Models: I. Freedom

Week 7: July 18, 2021

• AdornoNegative Dialectics, Part Three: Models: II. World Spirit and Natural History

Week 8: July 25, 2021

• AdornoNegative Dialectics, Part Three: Models: III. Meditations on Metaphysics
+ Cutrone, "Ends of philosophy" (2018); "On philosophy and Marxism" (2020); and “The negative dialectic of Marxism” (2021)

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