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Atatürk
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 5:58:03 PM

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Where Nietzsche saw domination as an essential feature of human society, Adorno argued that domination was contingent and potentially capable of being overcome. Obviously, [letting go of this particular aspiration would be intellectually cataclysmic to the emancipatory aims of critical theory]. Adorno uses Nietzsche in an attempt to bolster, not undermine, critical theory.

https://www.iep.utm.edu/adorno/

Would you please explain the bracketed part? How come is it cataclysmic to the emancipatory aims?

FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 3:34:47 PM

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Atatürk wrote:
Where Nietzsche saw domination as an essential feature of human society, Adorno argued that domination was contingent and potentially capable of being overcome. Obviously, [letting go of this particular aspiration would be intellectually cataclysmic to the emancipatory aims of critical theory]. Adorno uses Nietzsche in an attempt to bolster, not undermine, critical theory.

https://www.iep.utm.edu/adorno/

Would you please explain the bracketed part? How come is it cataclysmic to the emancipatory aims?



As I read it, Nietzsche said domination was an essential feature of society, but Adorno felt that domination could be overcome through conscious effort, which would result in freedom from such domination.

Therefore, such freedom could not occur if one didn't believe domination could be overcome. So "oviously", letting go of the idea you can overcome domination, would destroy the idea of achieving freedom.
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