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Problems of Moral Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0804744726
ISBN-13: 9780804744720
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Book details

Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Theodor W. Adorno is the progenitor of critical theory, a central figure in aesthetics, and the century's foremost philosopher of music. He was born and educated in Frankfurt, Germany. After completing his Ph.D. in philosophy, he went to Vienna, where he studied composition with Alban Berg. He soon was bitterly disappointed with his own lack of talent and turned to musicology. In 1928 Adorno returned to Frankfurt to join the Institute for Social Research, commonly known as The Frankfurt School. At first a privately endowed center for Marxist studies, the school was merged with Frankfort's university under Adorno's directorship in the 1950s. As a refugee from Nazi Germany during World War II, Adorno lived for several years in Los Angeles before returning to Frankfurt. Much of his most significant work was produced at that time. Critics find Adorno's aesthetics to be rich in insight, even when they disagree with its broad conclusions. Although Adorno was hostile to jazz and popular music, he advanced the cause of contemporary music by writing seminal studies of many key composers. To the distress of some of his admirers, he remained pessimistic about the prospects for art in mass society. Adorno was a neo-Marxist who believed that the only hope for democracy was to be found in an interpretation of Marxism opposed to both positivism and dogmatic materialism. His opposition to positivisim and advocacy of a method of dialectics grounded in critical rationalism propelled him into intellectual conflict with Georg Hegel, Martin Heidegger, and Heideggerian hermeneutics.

Moral Philosophy as a Theoretical Discipline
The Concept of Practice
Theory as Resistance and a 'Testing of Reality' Against Practicism
Naivety and Reflection
On the Tension between Theory and Practice
Spontaneity and Resistance
The Irrational
Hostility to Moralities Confined to Particulars
Ethics as Bad Conscience: on Behalf of a Morality Bluntly Incompatible with Our Experience
'Morality and its Discontents'
The Problem of Ethos and Personality
The Ethical is no Natural Category
Morality and Social Crisis
The Sociology of the Repressive Character
The General and the Particular
Plan of the Lecture Course
Texts to Be Studied
Arguments ad homines
Lectures: Attempts at Critical Models
The Dual Nature of Reason in Kant: Theory and Practice, Epistemology and Metaphysics
The Problem of Freedom
On the Theory of Antimonies
Dialectics
The Distinction between Scepticism and 'The Sceptical Method'
The Nature of the Antinomies
Causality and Freedom: Spontaneity
The Thesis of the Third Antinomy
The Proof of the Thesis
The Motif of a Causality Born of Freedom
The Antithesis
The Principle of Causality and the Necessity of the Antinomies
Dialectics in Kant and Hegel
Problem of the prima philsophia: The First Cause
Causality, Law and Freedom
External Nature of the Concept of Causality; Freedom as a Given
Summary: Causality born of freedom
The Dual Character of Kantian Philosophy
The One and the Many
Once Again: Theory and Practice
On the Doctrine of Method: The Nature of Reason
Speculation
Freedom and the Domination of Nature
The Disappointing of Metaphysical Expectations
The Rejection of Philosophical Indifference
The Idea of God and the Rights of Criticism
The Priority of Practice
Theory and Practice of the 'Doctrine of Method'
Form and Content in Practical Philosophy
Practice as the Exclusion of Experience
Freedom as Reason
What is Primary and What is Secondary?
The Moral Law as a Given
Can Social Contradictions be Resolved?
Bourgeois Optimism
Can the Moral Law be Learnt Through Experience?
Difficulty of Distinguishing Between a Priori Knowledge and Knowledge from Experience
Necessity and Universality: A 'Second-Order Given'
The Coercive Character of Empirically Given Morality
Psychoanalytical Objection
The Ethics of Conviction
The Return of Teleology
The Element of Heteronomy
Laws of Freedom
The Principle of Exegesis
The 'Extinction Ofintention'
The Dual Character of Nature
Kant 'Breaks off' the Argument
Resistance to and Acceptance of Heteronomy
The Element of the Absurd
The Historical Dialectics of Morality
The 'Growing Old of Morality'
The Intolerable Dualism of Freedom and Law
The Protestant Tradition
The Experience of Spirit and Nature as Opposed to Domination
Methodological Excursus: Literal Interpretation Versus the History of Ideas
Kantian Ethics is the Moral Philosophy Par Excellence
Formalism and Rigorism
The Grounding of Morality in Reason: Against 'the Education of the Heart';Prince Hamlet
The Element of Non-Identity
Coercion by a Third Party
Reason Aspractice
The Restricted Nature of Kantian Ethics
Bourgeois Calculus and Bureaucratic Virtue
The Ambivalence of the Unmediatedgood
Autonomy and Heteronomy
Self-Determination
No Cult of Values
The Absence of Balance between Freedom and Law
Formalism and Social Context; Kant's Writings on Moral Philosophy
The Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals
Excursus on Phenomenology:
The Concept of the Will
Psychological Aspect: Good Will and Ill Will
Duty and Reverence
The Element of Repression
The Disappearance of Freedom
Transition to the Problem of an Ethics of Responsibility and Conviction
The Suppression of Instinct as the General Philosophical Attitude
Self-Preservation and Compensation
The Fetishization of Renunciation
The Idea of Humanity: A Hypothesis
The Totalitarianism of Ends
Reason as an End in Itself
Kant's Ethics of Conviction [Gesinnung]
War on Two Fronts: Against Empiricism and Theology
Difference from Plato: The Idealism of Reason
Early Bourgeois Pathos and Rousseauism
Interiority and the German misSre
The Dialectical Element of Morality
Excursus: Ibsen's Wild Duck
Conscience: 'Can Be Very Hard'
Explication: Entanglement in Existing Reality
The Critique of Hegel's Sublation [Aughebung] of Morality
Resistance to a False Life
Fallibility in the Face of the Masks of Evil
Contra Nietzsche's Critique of Morality
The Limits of Morality as the Crisis of Indivualism
Transition from Critique to Political Consciousness
Editor's Notes
Index

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