Archive for January, 2014

Dialectics and the subject over a coffee

Saturday, January 11th, 2014


Adorno and Sartre on subjectivity and social history

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Contrary to Sartre, Adorno refuses to consider the subject in abstraction from its concrete sociohistorical situation, for him consciousness and social history are irreducible elements of subjectivity.

Sartre claims:
‘I believe that a man can always make something out of what is made of him. This is the limit I would today accord to freedom: the small movement which makes of a totally conditioned social being someone who doesn’t render back completely what his conditioning has given him.’

Adorno claims:
‘The antinomy between the determination of the individual and the social responsibility that contradicts this determination is not due to a misuse of concepts. It is a reality, the moral indication that the universal and particular are unreconciled….there is no available model of freedom saved one: That consciousness , as it intervenes in the social constitution, will through that constitution intervene in the complexion of the individual’.

D. Sherman – Sartre and Adorno. The Dialectics of Subjectivity (2007) pp. 8,9.


Friday, January 3rd, 2014


The Original Fall

Friday, January 3rd, 2014


Sartre: The Kingdom of an Idea

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

The idea of a kingdom of man becomes the kingdom of an idea (Genet, p.188)

If we could all be, simultaneously and reciprocally, both objects and subjects for each other and by each other, or if we could all sink together into an objective totality, or if, as in the Kantian City of Ends we were never anything but subjects recognising themselves as subjects….

But we can not carry matters to an extreme in either direction: we can not all be objects unless it be for a transcendental subject, nor can we all be subjects unless we first undertake the impossible liquidation of all objectivity. As for absolute reciprocity, it is concealed by the historical conditions of class and race, by nationalities, by the social hierarchy. (Genet p.590)

in Golomb J, In Search Of Authenticity, p.161