Adorno on Critique

“Essentially an anti-critical schema from philosophy has sunk into blather: the appeal to the positive. One continually finds the word critique, if it is tolerated at all, accompanied by the word constructive. The insinuation is that only someone can practice critique who can propose something better than what is being criticized. By making the positive … Continue reading Adorno on Critique

Invitation to dance

“Schiller’s dictum that ‘Life’s good, in spite of all’, papier-mache from the start, has become idiocy now that it is blown into the same trumpet as omnipotent advertising, with psycho-analysis, despite its better possibilities, adding its fuel to the flames. … The admonitions to be happy, voiced in concert by the scientifically epicurean sanatorium-director and … Continue reading Invitation to dance

All the Good Stuff that Cannot be Measured

Yanis Varoufakis talks about the neoclassical economic tradition and its (futile and detrimental) attempt to quantify non-quantifiable phenomena. Such a debate has been raging on in the social sciences for quite some time, and continues today. Theodor Adorno and critical theory offers a important theoretical contribution to this debate (though such a rejection of the imperative … Continue reading All the Good Stuff that Cannot be Measured