Adorno’s Philosophy of the Nonidentical

Thinking as Resistance

  • Oshrat C. Silberbusch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Oshrat C. Silberbusch
    Pages 1-7
  3. Oshrat C. Silberbusch
    Pages 57-122
  4. Oshrat C. Silberbusch
    Pages 185-194
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 195-205

About this book


This book focuses on a central notion in Theodor. W. Adorno’s philosophy: the nonidentical. The nonidentical is what our conceptual framework cannot grasp and must therefore silence, the unexpressed other of our rational engagement with the world. This study presents the nonidentical as the multidimensional centerpiece of Adorno’s reflections on subjectivity, truth, suffering, history, art, morality and politics, revealing the intimate relationship between how and what we think. Adorno’s work, written in the shadow of Auschwitz, is a quest for a different way of thinking, one that would give the nonidentical a voice – as the somatic in reasoning, the ephemeral in truth, the aesthetic in cognition, the other in society. Adorno’s philosophy of the nonidentical reveals itself not only as a powerful hermeneutics of the past, but also as an important tool for the understanding of modern phenomena such as xenophobia, populism, political polarization, identity politics, and systemic racism.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Oshrat C. Silberbusch
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ScholarBrooklyn, NYUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-95626-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-95627-5
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