23/02/2023, 2:30 pm – 3:40 pm
Event supported by NAWA Welcome to Poland.
This chapter is devoted to the issue of Adorno’s relationship with Hegel’s legacy and the main themes of Hegelian philosophy. I seek to understand the import of Hegel’s philosophical project for Adorno’s critical theory, especially within the light of Adorno’s oft-repeated statements on the necessity of reading Hegel and his emphasis on understanding modernity in the light of Hegel. Contrary to Adorno’s claims of his critique of Hegel being strictly immanent, I argue that it follows Marx’s own critique of Hegel, building directly on it and expanding its themes through the use of Marxian concepts. The analysis I make is based on lesser known texts of Adorno, but those where his engagement with Hegelian philosophy is the most direct. Special emphasis is laid on the importance of Hegel: Three Studies, accompanied by the chosen series of lectures given before Adorno finished his work on Negative Dialectics. Guided by the source material, this chapter follows Adorno’s line of inquiry which, in my interpretation, seeks to trace back Hegel’s most important concepts to their material roots. In this way, an important complementarity of Adorno and Marx is uncovered.
Seminar structure & timetable
IFiS PAN and University of Warsaw
American University of Beirut
2:30 pmIntroduction: Prof. Szymon Wróbel, IFiS PAN and University of Warsaw
2:35 pmPresentation: Andrzej Frelek, GSSR
3:10 pmComments: Prof. Ray Brassier, American University of Beirut
3:20 pm-3:40 pmDiscussion, Questions and Answers, and Closing remarks
The New Projects Seminar Series brings together PhD students and faculty from GSSR and beyond who are working in the same field, to promote closer interaction and open collaboration opportunities. GSSR students present well-advanced research related to their dissertation, with experienced scholars from academic centers in Poland and abroad taking the role of commentators.
Listen to Andrzej Frelek’s talk on “Matter and pain: On Adorno’s interpretation of Hegel” on our Youtube channel: