Concepts and intuitions: Adorno after the linguistic turn

Inquiry 44 (2):171 – 200 (2001)
Adorno's conception of conceptually articulated experience can be defended and made fruitful for a critical philosophy after the so-called linguistic turn. The aim is both to answer the criticisms raised by Jürgen Habermas and others that Adorno's philosophy remains bound by the premises of a subject-centred philosophy, and to criticize social-pragmatism from the vantage-point of Adorno's philosophy of language. It is shown that Adorno is committed to a picture of experience very much in line with the recent views of John McDowell, which extends the space of reasons beyond the space of concepts. Further, it is shown that non-inferential justification can be combined with an expressivist picture of judgment. Finally, it is argued that what is called the extended space of reasons is ultimately social; that representation, the aboutness of thought, serves expressive roles in a socially articulated space of reason-giving. The advantage of Adorno's position vis-à-vis a one-sided social-pragmatism consists in his defence of what is called subjective-material proprieties of judgment. Adorno's idea that the extended space of reasons implies the acknowledgement of what he refers to as the non-identical within conceptually articulated experience is thus reconstructed and defended. Such non-identity, it is claimed, is exhibited in successful art-works which thereby ought to be counted as forms of reasoning. On this basis, Adorno's philosophy acquires critical and normative significance after the linguistic turn.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/002017401750261563
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 23,217
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Brian O'Connor (2004). Adorno and the Problem of Givenness. Revue Internationale de Philosophie 1:85-99.
Deborah Cook (2001). Adorno, Ideology and Ideology Critique. Philosophy and Social Criticism 27 (1):1-20.
Babette Babich (2011). Adorno on Nihilism and Modern Science, Animals, and Jews. Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 15 (1):110-145.
Bed P. Paudyal (2009). Mimesis in Adorno's Aesthetic Theory. Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry 4 (8):1-10.
Timo Jütten (2012). Adorno on Kant, Freedom and Determinism. European Journal of Philosophy 20 (4):548-574.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

48 ( #99,670 of 1,932,455 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #456,114 of 1,932,455 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.