Theodor W. Adorno, The Jargon of Authenticity, Evanston, Northwest ern University Press, Although Adorno continually misrepresents Husserl, the thesis. This devastating polemical critique of the existentialist philosophy of Martin Heidegger is a monumental study in Adorno’s effort to apply qualitative analysis to. Dave Harris: Brief notes on: Adorno, T – W () [] The Jargon of Authenticity, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. It goes without saying that this text will.

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German Existentialism permeates Gestalt psychology, and quthenticity from there into the Human Potential movement through EST and countless Esalen workshops, and now through Landmark and similar organizations. Science Logic and Mathematics. Need to commit to doing these reviews when I actually finish reading the book in question.

The Jargon of Authenticity

Hence its ambition and the exaggeration of its claims, and the fact that, having won his position, he never returned to finish the schema of the greater work. A true language of authenticity seeks first and foremost to communicate. This entry has no external links.

The antidote to Heidegger poisoning. And from that very first sentence, the acid and bile flows freely and bitingly to the end, often highlighting the empty rhetoric used by Heidegger to puff up pf into a whole lot of nothing.

Jargon of Authenticity

In ‘The Jargon of Authenticity’ he gives full expression to his hostility to the language employed by certain existentialist thinkers such as Martin Heidegger. She said that Heidegger had finally, adorjo least, once again placed men before death; Horkheimer replied that Ludendorff had taken care of that much better.


Whoever wants [to contact] the other has to start with the immanence of culture, in order to break out through it. Sep 24, Leonard Houx rated it it was amazing. Adorno criticizes “jargon,” a misuse of language peculiar to the German Existentialists. Language provides it with a refuge. Finally, I couldn’t help thinking about the hoo-hah about authenticity in Tourism.

Adorno Jargon of Authenticity

Adorno Limited uargon – Sign in to use this feature. The tone of the work is that there was once an ancient understanding of “Being”, which has since been forgotten. View all 6 comments.

Though largely an attack on Jaspers, this book is really an outright assault on existential decisionism and it emotive justifications from Jaspers to Heidegger. In Heidegger [however] this becomes the aura of the authentic: He was a seminal social philosopher and a leading member of the first generation of Wdorno Theory.

But fundamental ontology gladly spares itself that, by pretending it has a starting point somewhere outside.

Instead, language rolls up its sleeves and lets it be understood that right action, in the right place, is worth more than reflection. It also stems from the thoroughness with which he examined Western philosophical traditions, especially from Kant onward, and the radicalness to his critique of contemporary Western society.


His book acquired its aura by describing the directions of the dark drives of the intelligentsia before – directions he described as full jargn insight, and which he revealed to be solidly coercive. For Adorno, such attempts are dangerous in that they try to end the dialectic between being and thought, the central dynamic lying behind the ability to do critique and consider political alternatives.

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Jul 05, Nated Doherty rated it liked it Recommends it for: Although less well known among anglophone philosophers than his contemporary Hans-Georg AeornoAdorno had even greater influence on scholars and intellectuals in postwar Germany. Critical Theory of the Contemporary 8: Thus, he assumes the hubris of religion to elevate his own authority and credibility. But I drifted off in the middle – the book felt more like a ranting blogpost by a very clever, but very grumpy old man at times.

And now as I writer, what I write about is how the political culture we live in affects how we love each other. The formula spares people the trouble of thinking about the metaphysics which it has dragged with it, or about the content of what has been stated.