Die Negativität der Sprache. Bemerkungen zu Adorno und Wittgenstein

Rentsch, Thomas (1996) Die Negativität der Sprache. Bemerkungen zu Adorno und Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein Studien, 3 (1).

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Abstract

The present study sketches the general dimensions of a fruitful comparison between Wittgenstein and Adorno. The first section describes seven interrelated levels on which the two philosophers can be compared, levels ranging from philosophical temperament to specific theses to shared cultural and literary background. The parallels between Wittgenstein's and Adorno's philosophies of language emerge as fundamental. The second section discusses Adorno's transformation of the negative moment of the Hegelian dialectic into a critical philosophy of language. The Leitmotiv of this philosophy, the uncovering of linguistic reification, is compared to Wittgenstein's project of demystification. The third section of the paper argues that rather than founding a sort of relativism, both Wittgenstein and Adorno develop new philosophical forms of composition and expression which in fact transform of the concept of reason. Reason becomes so local and multifarious as the phenomena it treats. The paper concludes with some suggestions regarding the relationship between this very modern approach and the tradition of negative theology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kritische, Theorie, Frankfurter Schule, Adorno, Sprache
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Studien 1994-97
Philosophie > Geschichte der Philosophie > g) 20.Jahrhundert
Depositing User: Günther Friesinger
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2003
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:50
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/471

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