Oct 14, 2012
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It’s obvious that Tard the cat practices a very precise form of negative dialectics. As Jane Bennett says:

Nonidentity is the identity Adorno gives to that which is not subject to knowledge but is instead “heterogeneous” to all concepts. This eluisve forces is not, however, wholly outside human experience, for Adorno describes nonidentity as a presence that acts upon us: we knowers are haunted, he says, by a painful, nagging feeling that something’s being forgotten or left out. This discomforting sense is the inadequacy of representation remains no matter how refined or analytically precise one’s concepts become. “Negative dialectics” is the method Adorno designs to teach us how to accentuate this discomforting experience and how to give it meaning. When practiced correctly, negative dialectics will render the static buzz of nonidentity into a powerful reminder that “objects do not go into their concepts without leaving a remainder” and thus that life will always exceed our knowledge and control. The ethical project par excellence, as Adorno sees it, is to keep remembering this and to learn how to accept it. only then can we stop raging against a world that refuses to offer us the “reconcilement” that we, according to Adorno, crave.

It’s obvious that Tard the cat practices a very precise form of negative dialectics. As Jane Bennett says:

Nonidentity is the identity Adorno gives to that which is not subject to knowledge but is instead “heterogeneous” to all concepts. This eluisve forces is not, however, wholly outside human experience, for Adorno describes nonidentity as a presence that acts upon us: we knowers are haunted, he says, by a painful, nagging feeling that something’s being forgotten or left out. This discomforting sense is the inadequacy of representation remains no matter how refined or analytically precise one’s concepts become. “Negative dialectics” is the method Adorno designs to teach us how to accentuate this discomforting experience and how to give it meaning. When practiced correctly, negative dialectics will render the static buzz of nonidentity into a powerful reminder that “objects do not go into their concepts without leaving a remainder” and thus that life will always exceed our knowledge and control. The ethical project par excellence, as Adorno sees it, is to keep remembering this and to learn how to accept it. only then can we stop raging against a world that refuses to offer us the “reconcilement” that we, according to Adorno, crave.

(Source: marijawana, via sterwood)

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