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Dialectic of Enlightenment Epub Ü Dialectic of  Epub I m sympathetic to the themes, but this book was the high water mark of continental philosophy for me If the Enlightenment, rationality, and language have codified and standardized experienced and reduced human capacity for magic in modernity, then okay That point is able to be made and contains some truth But distrusting language does not mean one needs to write like an obscurantist poet, nor quote Homer instead of explaining one s ideas in clear prose.I resented this book for pushing me tow I m sympathetic to the themes, but this book was the high water mark of continental philosophy for me If the Enlightenment, rationality, and language have codified and standardized experienced and reduced human capacity for magic in modernity, then okay That point is able to be made and contains some truth But distrusting language does not mean one needs to write like an obscurantist poet, nor quote Homer instead of explaining one s ideas in clear prose.I resented this book for pushing me toward the analytic tradition s frustration with continental philosophy At the time of reading this I was frustrated with the lack of continental understanding within the analytic circles in which I traveled, but this book cured me of that inclination Three things I love here, above all else a the collaboration, and the refusal to disentangle themselves from it when others demanded that Horkorno coalesce into two identities of course reminds me of Deleuze and Guattari, but, for a medievalist, also Marty Shichtman and Laurie Finke b the refusal to update the text to reflect the current moment in this insistence on preserving the text as an intervention into a particular historical moment, Adorneimer refuse to pretend to speak from a posi Three things I love here, above all else a the collaboration, and the refusal to disentangle themselves from it when others demanded that Horkorno coalesce into two identities of course reminds me of Deleuze and Guattari, but, for a medievalist, also Marty Shichtman and Laurie Finke b the refusal to update the text to reflect the current moment in this insistence on preserving the text as an intervention into a particular historical moment, Adorneimer refuse to pretend to speak from a position of atemporality We do not stand by everything we said in the book in its original form That would be incompatible with a theory which attributes a temporal core to truth this helps account for the problems with their famous Culture Industry chapter, which, even before the New Media, could have grappled with, for example, samizdat c the antisemitism essay, and here, I m totally annoyed with Zizek, Republics of Gilead, and so on, for not doing our thinkers the honor of acknowledging that in many ways, they got there first But I suppose in honoring the Frankfurt school, SZ would accidentally honor Habermasor he s just plain sloppy.A favorite passage What many individual things have in common, or what constantly recurs in one individual thing, needs not bestable, eternal, or deep than the particular The scale of categories is not the same as that of significance.The world is unique The mere repetition in speech of moments which occur again and again in the same form bearsresemblance to a futile, compulsive litany than to the redeeming world Classification is a condition of knowledge, not knowledge itself, and knowledge in turn dissolves classification 182.Overall, given my current interests for readers of the blog, see my stuff on Shakespeare The Phoenix and Turtle this critique of Reason is perfect. This work is the keystone of the thought of the Frankfurt School It is a wide ranging philosophical and psychological critique of the Western categories of reason and nature, from Homer to Nietzsche The most poorly written, ego maniacal, self important, masturbatory piece of shit that I have ever read Horkheimer and Adorno If you were alive, I would punch you both in the testicles. It s too hard to trash this book properly because the way it is laid out in a series of five or so only moderately related essays and with a bunch of short essays The core of their version of conservative belief is that the absolute truth does exist even if we are not capable of knowing that we know but we can recognize it and any version of relativism must always be wrong because they know their inherent truth must be true because they feel it to be true I had not realized that Jordan Peterso It s too hard to trash this book properly because the way it is laid out in a series of five or so only moderately related essays and with a bunch of short essays The core of their version of conservative belief is that the absolute truth does exist even if we are not capable of knowing that we know but we can recognize it and any version of relativism must always be wrong because they know their inherent truth must be true because they feel it to be true I had not realized that Jordan Peterson fell into this school of thought and I must compliment him for adding self help crap mixed in with Frankfurt School pseudo philosophy in writing a mega best seller There is a second principle they have and it is the atomization of the world The individual makes the world, or there is no such thing as a society because it is made up of mere individuals the authors would believe They ll also quote Leibnitz on how monads have no windows Joseph Campbell did everything he could to make us embrace and be prideful of our own myths thus separating us from each other by how we think about ourselves thus making anybody who is just a little bit different not part of the in group andvulnerable to exclusion There only real philosophical problem they had with the Nazis is that they chose the wrong myths they say that kind of thing while defending myths multiple times You know that neighbor that lives next to you the one you describe as the old fart the one who doesn t really like kids walking across their yard and thinks the birds make too much noise when they sing That s who I imagined was writing these essays There s a real mixture of Alan Bloom, Jordan Peterson and David Brooks feel to what is at the heart of what is trying to be communicated within this book Bloom wrote one of my least favorite books Closing of the American Mind a somewhat ironic title since his book is nothing but close minded They and this book long for the days of yore when character of the individual mattered, and community was allowed to form us and the culture through our myths made us the men we used to be at least that s how they think The book summarized 1 The Enlightenment sucks 2 Myths are great especially if they predate Socrates 3 Hollywood and mass marketing are the problem 4 Anti Semitism sucks evenand 5 Nazi s myths were just the wrong myths and 6 Truth is absolute because anything that is relative must suck At the core of the Enlightenment is tolerance of others because they realized our similarity that all humans have just for being human is less than the differences we have within our own pride group Pride in one s culture just because it is one s culture is for fools and will always lead to the contempt of others as scapegoats for those not in your prideful group The old myths are still just myths and just because they are mine does not make them superior to yours Pride is best defined as an excessive belief in one s own identity only because it is part of one s own identity Pride in our majority identity is the tool that Donald Trump and Jordan Peterson use to divide us and this book wants to do away with the principles of the Enlightenment and bring back prideful myths As for me, I know we are thrown on to this earth and thrust into a world and it is up to us to determine what we believe and what is the best way to view the world and not just take the default position that one is born into believing we are better than everyone else who is not part of our select group based only on our experiences that formed our understanding and therefore thinking we our special, select and better than others thus leading to division and blaming others for their different understanding based on their inferior experiences Bloom clearly took this book as his road map and modernized it when he wrote his awful book I had no idea that Peterson s incoherence was contained in much of this book too I have no doubt that he knows it, but I also have no doubt that his mostly puerile fan boys don t In the New York Times David Brooks quoted somebody I never heard of before saying Jordan Peterson is the most influential public intellectual in the Western world Essentially that means one old fart Bloom was influenced by another old fart Adorno and Frankfurt School leading to the pseudo intellectual old fart Brooks thinking the best intellectual since Homer and his Odyssey is Peterson All one has to do is read or watch one of Peterson s Youtube videos to see why they aren t even worth refuting.One chapter I really did enjoy in this book for its anachronism and tone deafness even for its own time period was how the movies of that time period are such a disgrace The one thing I am an expert on is old movies and I know every allusion they made in their book and know how absurd the writers where actually unintentionally being They liked Garbo and thought Orson Welles was so overrated I have nothing against Garbo, but Welles is a master at his craft They used Mature and Rooney I m not sure if they used first names, but I didn t need them to show how actors are not playing themselves in order to be individuals thus not really being individuals what a weird pair to pick to show that I explained that to my wife and at first she didn t understand but I mentioned how cool people get tattoos to show that they are cool and different but now days so many people get tattoos the really cool people don t just in order to show how cool they really are and that s what the authors we trying to get at with Mature and Rooney The connections to The Frankfurt School and Bloom to Peterson are really there Also, within this book they have a lot of Freudian type psychology floating around Catharsis, death wish Freud s Civilization and Its Discontents , a very good book and other psychoanalytical wannabe talk hovered around this book.I ve said it before Right wing nuts like Peterson fans or Trump fans should read garbage like this because they would see a foundation for their politics but they don t I don t agree with the resultant, but they should at least look for their foundations for their hateful politics from books like this one Proof that nothing gets pseudo intellectuals salivatingquickly than non sensical rants. The Enlightenment sought to bring mankind out of the shadows of orthodox tradition and religion and into the light of reason A step toward human freedom, right Perhaps, no doubt in some ways But relying on reason skewed basic civility based in tradition and replaced human and humane interaction with calculated management It could lead to places that the Encyclopedists could never have imagined It could lead to concentration camps.So what s a person to do Adorno is not known for optimistic The Enlightenment sought to bring mankind out of the shadows of orthodox tradition and religion and into the light of reason A step toward human freedom, right Perhaps, no doubt in some ways But relying on reason skewed basic civility based in tradition and replaced human and humane interaction with calculated management It could lead to places that the Encyclopedists could never have imagined It could lead to concentration camps.So what s a person to do Adorno is not known for optimistic answers to this question He opposed Benjamin s occasional hope for committed theater and mass produced art as leading to just another form of cultural entrapment Adorno had only one place that he wanted to go to for answers, and that was music, specifically, and the aesthetic moment in general But he was the first to know that it was not an easy place to go Adorno was accused of being an academic mandarin toward the end of his life and I would contend that it was undeniable that he was an elitist in that he thought very few could educate and discipline themselves for that possible creative moment of aesthetic awareness Art is the opposite of comfort for Adorno and if it is comforting, then it is not art His is not an aesthetics supported in many museums, I suspect And it was rejected by many committed students in the sixties Adorno s way was the way of many in the philosophical tradition you need the conventions to get you up to snuff, and then you have to destroy them To not fall back into another convention is the rub Alienating art might be the start of a possibility This, I feel, is a statement superlative to the Minima Moralia in the Adorno catalog The classist overtones that damage so much of that book are less ingrained here, and we get what I feel to be a muchopen philosophy Whenever I read these old Frankfurt School dudes, there s this weird sense of tragedy, as if they were the last line of defense against the brutal forces of late capitalist alienation And I ve never felt that stronger than in here That said, this is also the Frankfurt Scho This, I feel, is a statement superlative to the Minima Moralia in the Adorno catalog The classist overtones that damage so much of that book are less ingrained here, and we get what I feel to be a muchopen philosophy Whenever I read these old Frankfurt School dudes, there s this weird sense of tragedy, as if they were the last line of defense against the brutal forces of late capitalist alienation And I ve never felt that stronger than in here That said, this is also the Frankfurt School s coming of age statement, admitting the culpability of the Enlightenment in the society of mass destruction So there s this weird sort of liminality to it, but that s one of the things that makes it so interesting The enlightenment wasn t all that You think science replaced magic and religion Not so fast Isn t science, at a certain point, based on faith just as much as religion Horkdorno Horkheimer and Adorno views the achievements of the enlightenment with a gimlet eye, refusing to accept that a forward movement in history equates to positive progress You can just as easily move forward while descending If you believe in progress, concomitantly, you must believe in decline Many of the things th The enlightenment wasn t all that You think science replaced magic and religion Not so fast Isn t science, at a certain point, based on faith just as much as religion Horkdorno Horkheimer and Adorno views the achievements of the enlightenment with a gimlet eye, refusing to accept that a forward movement in history equates to positive progress You can just as easily move forward while descending If you believe in progress, concomitantly, you must believe in decline Many of the things that are generally accepted to be advances, both technological and cultural, in modern society actually threaten the liberty of the individual.There s a scene in Deadwood where Swearengen and someone else are watching the construction of telegraph lines in the distance Rather than embracing the new technology, they express a deep fear of what it might bring As they are trying to build a community violent and chaotic though it may be this new technology threatens the the very basis of that community one on one human contact The technology effaces the individual.If this is the outcome of the advances of the enlightenment, then doesn t it contradict the very ideas of individual freedom that the enlightenment was based on These are the dangers and fears with which Horkdorno grappled Completely overrated I m shocked this book has had the influence it s had It is bombastic and tendentious, a completely one sided abstract view of the Englightenment and its implications with consequences that Adorno himself recoiled from in 1968 And all his philosophical reflections on nature and myth are nothing but Central European rubbish without meaning or sense nonsense , as Wittgenstein would say Very disappointing.

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