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This introductory chapter of the book In the Hotel Abyss: an Hegelian-Marxist critique of Adorno gives an overview of concepts of subsequent chapters covered in the book. The book begins with dialectics as developed by Hegel and Marx. This is followed by chapters addressing specific issues Adorno took up early in his career: his interpretive orientation to philosophy built around constellations, his writings on jazz, popular music and profascist agitation specifically related to the masses. The book proceeds then to a discussion of mediation, an aspect of dialectics the author considers lacking in Adorno's work, in this case discussed initially with regard to his relations with Benjamin. The final chapter is devoted to aspects of Negative Dialectics that includes issues of exchange and identity.

Keywords: Adorno; Hegel; Marx; Negative Dialectics



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