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The Role of Theory

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Horkheimer, M. and W. Adorno, T. (2011). The Role of Theory. In Horkheimer, M. and W. Adorno, T. Towards a New Manifesto. Verso, pp. 1-6

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Reason, which is essential to keep the machinery in motion, necessarily contains its other. When you start to think, you cannot stop short at purely reproductive thinking. This does not mean that things will really work out like that, but you cannot think without thinking that otherness. The general stultification today is the direct result of cutting out utopia. When you reject utopia, thought itself withers away. [...]

—p.4 by Theodor W. Adorno 1 year, 6 months ago

Reason, which is essential to keep the machinery in motion, necessarily contains its other. When you start to think, you cannot stop short at purely reproductive thinking. This does not mean that things will really work out like that, but you cannot think without thinking that otherness. The general stultification today is the direct result of cutting out utopia. When you reject utopia, thought itself withers away. [...]

—p.4 by Theodor W. Adorno 1 year, 6 months ago

the philosophical attempt to describe things in terms of their apparent intrinsic purpose, directive principle, or goal, irrespective of human use or opinion

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The gesture of the savage who pauses for an instant to reflect whether or not he wishes to eat his prisoner contains teleologically the end of violence

—p.7 by Theodor W. Adorno
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1 year, 6 months ago

The gesture of the savage who pauses for an instant to reflect whether or not he wishes to eat his prisoner contains teleologically the end of violence

—p.7 by Theodor W. Adorno
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1 year, 6 months ago

(psychoanalysis) the process of investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea

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it is still unclear why work should be cathected in the first place

—p.12 by Theodor W. Adorno
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1 year, 6 months ago

it is still unclear why work should be cathected in the first place

—p.12 by Theodor W. Adorno
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1 year, 6 months ago

make (something abstract) more concrete or real

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we succumb to the mechanism of reification, in the course of which we forget the best thing of all. That turns a part of the process into an absolute

—p.14 by Max Horkheimer
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1 year, 6 months ago

we succumb to the mechanism of reification, in the course of which we forget the best thing of all. That turns a part of the process into an absolute

—p.14 by Max Horkheimer
notable
1 year, 6 months ago
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a shaft of light from the telos falls onto labour. Basically, people are too short-sighted. They misinterpret the light that falls on labour from ultimate goals. Instead, they take labour qua labour as the telos and hence see their personal work success as that purpose. That is the secret. If they did not do that, such a thing as solidarity would be possible. A shaft of light from the telos falls on the means to achieve it. It is just as if instead of worshipping their lover they worship the house in which she dwells. That, incidentally, is the source of all poetry.

—p.15 by Max Horkheimer 1 year, 6 months ago

a shaft of light from the telos falls onto labour. Basically, people are too short-sighted. They misinterpret the light that falls on labour from ultimate goals. Instead, they take labour qua labour as the telos and hence see their personal work success as that purpose. That is the secret. If they did not do that, such a thing as solidarity would be possible. A shaft of light from the telos falls on the means to achieve it. It is just as if instead of worshipping their lover they worship the house in which she dwells. That, incidentally, is the source of all poetry.

—p.15 by Max Horkheimer 1 year, 6 months ago