Nature, red in tooth and claw

Deborah Cook

pp. 49-72

"Nature, Red in Tooth and Claw" explores Adorno's ideas about our mediated relationship with nature. The first section of the paper examines the epistemological significance of his thesis about the preponderance of the object while describing the Kantian features in his notion of mediation. Adorno's conception of nature will also be examined in the context of a review of J. M. Bernstein's and Fredric Jameson's attempts to characterize it. The second section of the paper deals with Adorno's Freudian account of internal nature. While arguing against Joel Whitebook's view that Adorno needs a concept of sublimation, I contend that Adorno's genetic account of the relationship between nature and mind enables him to respond to the Freudian injunction to displace the id with the ego with a view to fostering autonomy. In the final section of the paper, problems with Adorno's ideas about external and internal nature are briefly discussed.

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DOI: 10.1007/s11007-006-9034-1

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Cook, D. (2007). Nature, red in tooth and claw. Continental Philosophy Review 40 (1), pp. 49-72.

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