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The relation between knowledge and morals in the late work of Theodor W. Adorno

Grant number: 16/06614-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2016
Effective date (End): January 01, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - History of Philosophy
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Vladimir Pinheiro Safatle
Grantee:Felipe Catalani
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/21507-7 - Adorno's critique of moral philosophy, BE.EP.MS


In this research project we aim to investigate the relation between knowledge and morality in the later work of Theodor Adorno based on certain critical models in order to understand how the author aims actualize one of the fundamental assumptions of critical theory such as formulated by Max Horkheimer, namely the interest in emancipation. In his book Negative Dialectics (1966), Adorno intensively elaborates issues related to the theory of knowledge and moral philosophy. Our aim will be to investigate certain "critical models" that, although the fragmentary nature of the essayistic style, have the common characteristic of criticism, which binds the objectivity of philosophical knowledge and the moral interest in the transformation of the existing reality. The question is to understand how, in the words of Adorno, "the logical critique and the emphatic-practical critique, that urges for the transformation of society, are moments of the same movement of the concept." (AU)