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Title: Le déchirement de la Sittlichkeit: Adorno en dialogue avec Hegel
Authors: Genel, Katia
Keywords: Moralityethical liferesponsibilityAdornoHegel
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Katia Genel, "Le déchirement de la Sittlichkeit: Adorno en dialogue avec Hegel" in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2021) XXIII/2", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2021, pp. 213-232
Journal: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 
The purpose of this article is to question Adorno’s moral thought. Although Adorno constantly articulates morality with the social context, and although the object of his analyses is the way in which moral issues are mediated by social practices, morals and customs, his explicit privileged interlocutor in the elaboration of his moral reflection is Kant and not Hegel. Adorno intends to develop a moral theory, not an ethics. But given his presuppositions – one cannot think of a good life in a false context – he is indirectly confronted with the Hegelian concept of ethical life (Sittlichkeit) and tries to respond to the difficulties it raises. He thus deploys an inverted reading of Hegel, in which it is the impossibility of relying on morals, customs, or even institutions that compels us to redefine morality. Finally, Adorno proposes a notion of the inadequacy to the world of all moral life, due to the irremediable gap between custom and morality, which generates the need for an additional step to clear a path out of the existing order. On this path, it seems that Kant “is right where he is wrong”, since by defending the individual, his moral philosophy contributes to a critical theory of society. The whole question is to know how our moral practices contribute to the shaping of this world for which we are responsible.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
DOI: 10.13137/1825-5167/32381
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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