Thursday, 10 August 2000

From "Weighty Objects"

By Joel Whitebook.

Dialectic for Adorno refers to the fact that "objects do not go into their concepts without leaving a remainder" [...] The movement of the dialectic is animated by the perpetual pursuit of the "remainder," that is, the excess that is left over after the necessary failure of each attempt to grasp the nonidentical conceptually. This continuous movement drives negative dialectics to take up the deficiencies, as well as the truth content, of each one-sided moment and thus constantly to move from one position to its antithesis, attempting to extract the truth content of each. Unlike Hegelian dialectic, however, negative dialectic is interminable and does not end with an ultimate reconciliation, or Aufhebung [...]

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