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Adorno on Hegel and History

Cicmil, H; (2017) Adorno on Hegel and History. Masters thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Adorno’s ideas about history lead us in myriad directions. It is also one of the topics wherein Hegel features for Adorno both as a figure to be overcome and as a figure from whom to learn. Commentators continue to critically examine these issues. This thesis offers an interpretation of Adorno’s treatment of history in his conception of our epistemic limits and potential. I examine how Adorno draws on Hegel in his critique of conceptual thought and its relationship to socio-historical factors. I claim that this critique justifies Adorno’s demands for philosophers to engage in historical investigation and for a mode of thinking that prioritises the object. I then demonstrate how these might both be achieved through Adorno’s notion of constellations.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Adorno on Hegel and History
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1563445
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