[OPE-L:7984] Re: Re: Process Philosophy

From: Rakesh Bhandari (rakeshb@stanford.edu)
Date: Mon Nov 11 2002 - 03:24:25 EST

>     Many thanks for the comments and the references. I'll check them out.
>     John

I haven never read Adorno's Negative Dialectics (which I know by way 
of Martin Jay's summary and discussion in Rolf Wiggershaus', Erik 
Krakauer's and Moishe Postone's books). Adorno's ideas about identity 
logic and negative dialectics are obviously more important than 
process philosophy to your work. For someone who has been put off by 
the economic or empirical deficit in Critical Theory, your work does 
show how our understanding of class realities and Marx's economic 
critique can indeed be enriched by a critical theoretical insights 
into the dialectic of the subject and object, the nature of 
classification, and reification (by the way, has Hardt or Negri 
spoken to your criticism?). Much of critical theory (Horkheimer's 
early essays, Dialectic of Enlightenment) had seemed to me too 
abstract before I saw how you drew from it in your critiques of 
traditional Marxism, autonomist Marxism and identity politics.  I 
don't know whether process philosophy or vitalism has much relevance 
to your project. Just mentioned them because I had been reading about 
them in another context. Which has led me to wonder to what extent 
the reaction within Marxism against the Second International drew 
from and continues to owe to vitalist reactions to positivism and 
Yours, rb

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