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By Alastair Morgan

During this vital and interesting e-book, Alastair Morgan deals a close exam of the concept that of lifestyles in Adorno’s philosophy. He relates Adorno’s notion during this context to a couple of key thinkers within the background of continental philosophy, together with Marx, Hegel, Heidegger and Agamben, and offers a controversy for the relevance and significance of Adorno’s serious philosophy of lifestyles first and foremost of the twenty-first century.

Crucially, Morgan bargains a brand new framework for realizing the relation among strategies of existence and a serious philosophy.

The idea of lifestyles has formerly obtained little recognition in Adorno scholarship. but it is a continuing subject and challenge operating all through Adorno’s paintings, from his early opinions of life-philosophies to his overdue philosophy of metaphysical adventure because the chance of lifestyles. the concept that Adorno’s philosophy is short of or missing in a primary ontology has been the topic of loads of serious awareness, yet this has infrequently been tested via an research of the concept that of existence. moreover, philosophies of lifestyles have visible a resurgence in recent times (particularly with a renewed curiosity in Bergson’s philosophy through the serious reception of Deleuze’s philosophy).

Adorno’s idea of Life is an important and well timed research that provides a particular interpretation of Adorno’s philosophy, and should be of critical curiosity to a person engaged on Adorno.

Furthermore, it presents a strong interpretation of the severe strength of Adorno’s philosophy, that might give a contribution to the renewed curiosity within the inspiration of existence inside modern philosophy.

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In this opening chapter, l have given an account of the philosophical antecedents to Adorno's engagement with many of the themes oflife-philosophy, and how those themes survive within his early and mature work. In considering Adorno's usage of Nietzschean and Freudian themes, I have demonstrated Adorno's fundamental departure from a Nietzschean concept of life, in his emphasis upon human life rather than life itself, and l have shown that Adorno's critical appropriation of Freud offers a nuanced account of how reification becomes affectively sedimented within subjectivity, rather than a simple account of instinctual repression.

For him, the ego has to contend with both the sexual and the self-preservative instincts and is therefore far from stable. This is not a once and for aIl battle but an ongoing instability within the structure of the ego. Adorno's central critique of ego-psychology is its rigidifying gaze, which fixes the id and the ego as entities which are separated and which only interact through the mechanisms of drive and repression. The concept ofnarcissism, for Adorno, 'counts among Freud's most magnificent discoveries'.

Adorno seems singularly uninterested in the death instinct, which is peculiar given his later writings on death and survival. For him, the ego has to contend with both the sexual and the self-preservative instincts and is therefore far from stable. This is not a once and for aIl battle but an ongoing instability within the structure of the ego. Adorno's central critique of ego-psychology is its rigidifying gaze, which fixes the id and the ego as entities which are separated and which only interact through the mechanisms of drive and repression.

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