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Materialism: A. Materialism in philosophy of mind is the view that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all things, including mental states and consciousness, are results of material interactions of material things. See also Identity theory, Functionalism, Consiousness. - B. Materialism in political philosophy is the view that the material conditions of a society, such as its economic system and technological development, are the primary determinants of its social and political structures. See also Economic systems, Society, State, Economy.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Th.W. Adorno on Materialism - Dictionary of Arguments

Grenz I 116
Materialism/Adorno/Grenz: Thesis: Materialism would be secularized theology.
BlochVsAdorno/Grenz: Bloch has attacked this very sharply.(1)
, >History/Adorno.
Grenz I 127
Dialectical Materialism/Alfred Schmidt/Grenz: "Like all materialisms, the dialectically one recognizes that the laws and movements of external nature exist independently and outside any consciousness. This in-itself, beomes however, [and thus the dialectic modifies the general materialism] only relevant insofar as it becomes a for-us, that is, insofar as nature is involved in human-social purposes."(2)
>Dialectic, >Laws of nature, >Relevance.

1. E. Bloch, Das Prinzip Hoffnung III p. 1602ff.
2. A. Schmidt Der Begriff der Natur, p. 151.
Adorno XIII 171
Materialism/Adorno: materialism has a certain trait of the polemic, which differs fundamentally from the affirmative trait of all idealistic philosophies.
XIII 174
It is the attitude which opposes naturalness to every manifestation of the mind and ultimately leads to represent the necessity of living as that which decides at all.
XIII 175
He does not only recourse to the subject through the recognition and through reality constituted through recognition, but he refers directly to reality itself from the protest against the illusionary moment in the mind.
XIII 219
Materialism/Adorno: in his monistic as well as in his Marxist-dialectical form, he placed the concept of development in the center, for obvious anti-theological reasons. If neither a creatio ex nihilo nor an eternally self-identical and unchanging being is accepted, the concept of development receives a strong accent. This is surprisingly also found in > Epicurus.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Th. W. Adorno
Max Horkheimer
Dialektik der Aufklärung Frankfurt 1978

Theodor W. Adorno
Negative Dialektik Frankfurt/M. 2000

Theodor W. Adorno
Ästhetische Theorie Frankfurt/M. 1973

Theodor W. Adorno
Minima Moralia Frankfurt/M. 2003

Theodor W. Adorno
Philosophie der neuen Musik Frankfurt/M. 1995

Theodor W. Adorno
Gesammelte Schriften, Band 5: Zur Metakritik der Erkenntnistheorie. Drei Studien zu Hegel Frankfurt/M. 1071

Theodor W. Adorno
Noten zur Literatur (I - IV) Frankfurt/M. 2002

Theodor W. Adorno
Gesammelte Schriften in 20 Bänden: Band 2: Kierkegaard. Konstruktion des Ästhetischen Frankfurt/M. 2003

Theodor W. Adorno
Gesammelte Schriften in 20 Bänden: Band 8: Soziologische Schriften I Frankfurt/M. 2003

Theodor W. Adorno
Über Walter Benjamin Frankfurt/M. 1990

Theodor W. Adorno
Philosophische Terminologie Bd. 1 Frankfurt/M. 1973

Theodor W. Adorno
Philosophische Terminologie Bd. 2 Frankfurt/M. 1974

Friedemann Grenz
Adornos Philosophie in Grundbegriffen. Auflösung einiger Deutungsprobleme Frankfurt/M. 1984

Theodor W. Adorno
Philosophische Terminologie Bd. 2 Frankfurt/M. 1974

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