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Adorno and Existence

  • Preface
  • Introduction: A Philosophical Physiognomy
  • 1. Starting Out with Kierkegaard
    • An Unlikely Cathexis
    • The Kierkegaard Reception in Germany
    • Adorno’s Kierkegaard Book
    • Reading Kierkegaard against the Grain
    • Aesthetics and Interiority
    • Wahl’s Études kierkegaardiennes
    • Kierkegaard on Love
  • 2. Ontology and Phenomenology
    • Reading Philosophy in the 1930s
    • Philosophy and Actuality
    • Heidegger’s Crypto-Idealism
    • Historicizing Nature
    • Anticipations of the Hegel Studies
    • Lukács and Benjamin
    • The Metacritique of Phenomenology
    • The Antinomy of Idealism
    • Failure and Nonidentity
    • Husserl’s Progress, Heidegger’s Regression
    • Toward Negative Dialectics
  • 3. The Jargon of Authenticity
    • Existentialism’s Aura
    • Satire and Secularization
    • “The Wurlitzer Organ of the Spirit”
    • The Miserable Consolation of Self-Identity
    • Grace and Dignity
    • Endgame as Negative Ontology
    • On Hölderlin and Parataxis
  • 4. Negative Dialectics
    • Adorno’s “Fat Child”
    • Rage against Nature
    • Toward a Primacy of the Object
    • Pseudo-Concreteness
    • Aura and Mimesis
    • French Existentialism
    • Kierkegaard’s Nominalism
    • Heidegger’s Critique of Reification
    • Ontology as Wish Fulfillment
    • Into the Looking Glass
    • Disenchanting the Concept
  • 5. Kierkegaard’s Return
    • Salvaging Metaphysics
    • Materialism as Demystified Idealism
    • The Family Scandal
    • Odradek as Damaged Life
    • The Mirror Image
    • Hope against Hope
    • Aesthetics and Interiority
  • Conclusion: Adorno’s Inverse Theology
  • Notes
  • Index

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