Issue #05 August 2017

Adorno’s Negativity: Suffering Devoid of Sense, Sense Without Suffering

P. H. Emerson — Rivierlandschap (1895)
P. H. Emerson — Breydon bij eb (1887–1890) [attributed to]

The somatic (bodily) proximity to suffering corrects the bourgeois coldness, its emotional distance, that had rendered the catastrophe possible, the coldness of “at least it’s not happening to me”. To expose oneself (mentally) to the suffering of others humanizes the victims and makes us aware that while the suffering of Auschwitz might be over, there is still suffering in this world, and that by profiting from it, we are just as guilty as the ones who have profited from the evictions and expropriations that went along with the Shoah (say, from inhumane conditions in certain factories nowadays thanks to which certain products become affordable).

P. H. Emerson — Uithangende visnetten (1895)

Timofei Gerber is finishing his MA in philosophy in Heidelberg, Germany. He is also a co-editor of this magazine.

Works Cited

Theodor W. Adorno, Negative Dialectics. Routledge, London/New York, 2004.


August 2017


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by Justin Richards

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by Brendan De Paor-Moore

Remembering our Limits: The Ritual of Taizé as a Gesture of Humanity

by Tollef Graff Hugo

Adorno’s Negativity: Suffering Devoid of Sense, Sense Without Suffering

by Timofei Gerber