Non-identity and/or Identity: Adorno's Dialectical-Dialogical Analysis of Subject-In-Formation

Dr. Hsin-I Liu
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This paper critically surveys Adorno's dialectical-dialogical analysis of the self, which involves his reflections on both communication and subjectivity. The realization of communication, argued Adorno, is achieved through the individual possibility of deconstructing the pseudo-subjectivity produced by pseudo-culture. Communication disrupts the pseudo-cultural illusion of the self. Any discussion of communication should start with the critique of illusory relations of objectivity. Communication, defined by Adorno as the never-ending confrontation and reconciliation between subjectivity and objectivity, comes after the epistemological critique of objective mediation. Therefore, the ideal of communication always involves a wrestling dialogue between subject and object, particular and universal, experience and information. Communication is a negatively dialectical strategy for the human subject-in-formation, achieving both objective subjectivity and subjective objectivity. Communicative self is "non-identity within identity". Since his concept of communication is mainly concerned with individuality rather than collectivity, Adorno cultivates inter-personally dialogical communication by abandoning the possibility of mass communication.

Keywords: Adorno, Communication, Identity and self
Stream: Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Hsin-I Liu

Assistant Professor in Communication Arts, Department of Communication Arts, School of Interactive Media and Design, University of the Incarnate Word

Ref: H05P0079