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Theodor Adorno and the Century of Negative Identity - by Eric Oberle (Paperback)

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Identity has become a central feature of national conversations: identity politics and identity crises are the order of the day. We celebrate identity when it comes to personal freedom and group membership, and we fear the power of identity when it comes to discrimination, bias, and hate crimes. Drawing on Isaiah Berlin's famous distinction between positive and negative liberty, Theodor Adorno and the Century of Negative Identity argues for the necessity of acknowledging a dialectic within the identity concept. Exploring the intellectual history of identity as a social idea, Eric Oberle shows the philosophical importance of identity's origins in American exile from Hitler's fascism. Positive identity was first proposed by Frankfurt School member Erich Fromm, while negative identity was almost immediately put forth as a counter-concept by Fromm's colleague, Theodor Adorno. Oberle explains why, in the context of the racism, authoritarianism, and the hard-right agitation of the 1940s, the invention of a positive concept of identity required a theory of negative identity. This history in turn reveals how autonomy and objectivity can be recovered within a modern identity structured by domination, alterity, ontologized conflict, and victim blaming.

Number of Pages: 332
Genre: History, Social Science, Philosophy
Sub-Genre: Europe, Sociology, Social
Series Title: Cultural Memory in the Present
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
Book theme: General
Author: Eric Oberle
Language: English
Street Date: August 28, 2018
TCIN: 53325990
UPC: 9781503606067
Item Number (DPCI): 248-61-5250
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