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By Albrecht Wellmer

In Harry F. Dahms, Lawrence Hazelrigg (ed.) Theorizing sleek Society as a Dynamic method (Current views in Social idea, quantity 30) Emerald staff Publishing constrained, pp. 35–60

This essay used to be a lecture given as a part of the sequence “Classics of Modernity” on the collage of Constance in the summertime semester of 1984. unique German book: Albrecht Wellmer, Zur Dialektik von Moderne und Postmoderne. Vernunftkritik nach Adorno. Frankfurt (Main): Suhrkamp, pp. 135–166.

Purpose – Appreciating the ongoing relevance and contribution of Theodor W. Adorno’s paintings calls for acknowledgement of the trouble to understand his philosophy in a fashion that's in step with that that is to be understood, because the important first step to reaching concordant understanding.

Design/methodology/approach – To assay an knowing of Adorno’s quest for the article past the concept that, it's best to adopt a trip throughout the complexity of his considering, starting with the publication he wrote with Max Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment.

Findings – the trouble to seize the substance of philosophy in a way that enables for illustration arises from the inherently processual personality of philosophy, that is continually either unfinished and with no safe summation of record at any step alongside the way in which. certainly, the trouble is the entire higher with admire to Adorno, in gentle of his postulate that philosophy “must try, through the concept that, to go beyond the concept.”

Research limitations/implications – Adorno’s obsession to beat the compulsion of identification made him perceptive and blind while. to disencumber his insights from their reconciliatory-philosophical shroud, one must disclose the concept that of rationality to an analogous obsessive gaze below which fake generalities dissolve in Adorno’s philosophy.

Originality/value – The inherently processual personality of Adorno’s philosophy makes his writings particularly germane to provide stipulations of recent society, as they spotlight the significance of efforts to boost theories which are sufficiently delicate to the dynamic personality of contemporary society, together with its inconsistencies and its contradictions.

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Historically, divinity in the West has been defined in male terms—in Christian theology, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Irigaray’s theory is in many ways closer than Lacan’s to the medieval texts from which they both draw inspiration. She wants women to become God rather than to limit themselves to being the ineffable but ultimately dependent negation of masculine identity. By presenting positive forms of identity, her theory moves beyond Lacan’s tragically and unnecessarily isolated subject.

But the important point is the recurring theme that emerges despite the diversity of positions. It suggests that for all their differences, the four men share some deeply held convictions, convictions indeed that are held deeply enough not to feature in their analyses, despite the fact that all four are theorists who attend to hidden depths and enabling or disabling preconditions. What follows is a sketch of a pattern of thought common to postmodernists as much as to modernists, suggesting that other ways need to be found of grouping theorists together than categorization by historical mini-epochs.

Irigaray’s diagnosis of the problem is that women find it difficult to achieve an identity of their own because they grow up in a culture that does not acknowledge a feminine divinity and that therefore reduces female identity to being the appendage of male identity grounded in a male God. Her early work Speculum criticized the philosophical tradition for conferring a bogus legitimacy on the assumptions that deny women an independent identity. The male subject of philosophy from Plato to Freud was shown to construct the woman as his negative image, attributing to her all the characteristics he needs to avoiding exhibiting in order to be consistent, conscious, and certain of himself.

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