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Normativity and politics in Theodor Adorno's Negative Dialectics

Grant number: 17/13278-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 15, 2017
Effective date (End): June 14, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy
Principal Investigator:Luiz Sérgio Repa
Grantee:Mariana Fidelis Jerônimo de Oliveira
Supervisor: Rahel Simone Anna Jaeggi
Host Institution: Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Humboldt University, Germany  
Associated to the scholarship:16/15181-9 - Philosophy and Social Theory: on the political meaning of utopia in Theodor Adorno's Negative Dialectics., BP.DR


Adorno's political position has often been debated, since it seems to contain traces of Marxist critique of capitalism and, even so, does not present a distinct kind of practical discourse. Especially Negative Dialectics (1966), one of his major works, seems to lack political significance in that it starts by refusing to move toward praxis and proposes a self-critique of identitarian philosophy instead. As part of a doctoral project directed to better investigate politics in Adorno's Negative Dialectics, this internship proposal is intended to better formulate the doctoral thesis' philosophical problem discussing both: 1) the critique to identitarian thinking that turns problematic normative statements, and 2) the consequences of such critique to political philosophy, especially within the contemporary debate. In the last few years, Critical Theory has been increasingly involved in discussions on its normative basis in order to justify emancipatory demands. The aim of this internship project is to establish such contemporary political problem with Negative Dialectics' conceptual tools, taking advantage of all debate surrounding Rahel Jaeggi's research about normativity in Critical Theory at Humboldt University of Berlin. This constitutes the first part of the doctoral thesis and prepares the next one, intended to give a solution to the question through elaboration on the concept of "utopian thinking". (AU)

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