Preface; Abbreviations; General introduction; Prelude to Adorno's Intellectual Tradition: Prelude I: Adorno's intellectual tradition: German philosophy; Prelude II: Adorno's intellectual tradition: Sigmund Freud; Part I. Negative Thesis: The Decline of Enlightenment: 1. The decline of subjectivity: the instincts; 2. The decline of subjectivity: narcissism; 3. The decline of knowledge acquisition; 4. Knowledge acquisition: a negative solution; Part II. Positive Thesis: The Redemption of Enlightenment: 5. The aesthetic: aura; 6. Knowledge acquisition: an aesthetic form; 7. A positive dialectic of knowledge acquisition; 8. A positive dialectic of subjectivity: the instincts; 9. A positive dialectic of subjectivity: the structure of the self; Concluding comments; Bibliography; Index.
'Yvonne Sherratt's interpretation of Adorno's positive dialectic is provocative, lucid and original. By reconstructing hidden Freudian dimensions, she rescues Adorno's critique of enlightenment from poststructuralist pessimism. By insisting on an aesthetic way of knowing, she reclaims Adorno's utopian language from Habermasian neglect. And by reconciling these two poles in Adorno's dialectic, Yvonne Sherratt suggests a new relevance for Adorno's work.' Lambert Zuidervaart, Calvin College