File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2003/lyotard.0302, message 45

Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 17:51:26 -0000 (GMT)
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?what_is_at_stake_with_fear=3F?=

In the Dialectic Of Enlightenment Adorno and Horkheimer  say “Nothing at all
may remain outside, because the very idea of outsideness is the very source
of fear…” It is this which marks the very core of Western thought. The
source of this notion of fear is that world is alien and other – the other
hear being marked by the notion of the other derived from psychoanlysis –
not as has been suggested at times the same alien and other as understood by
Levinas but that is another approach. Elsewhere in Negative dialectics and
obviously following this line of thought Adorno refers to “idealism as rage”
once again referring to a world that is simply to alien and other to be
dominated. Idealism as Adorno defines and understands it, is rage against
the otherness of the natural and perhaps unnatural world, which cannot be
dominated by the mind of humans. It does seem to me that Adorno (and
Horkheimer) particularism, his "negative dialectic" with it's
psychoanalytical understanding of the other helps point towards a way of
addressing the particular issue of fear, as derived from the society we
exist within. 

Does this placing of fear in the frame of the western tradition help in
clarifying what is philosophically at stake here? Do we following the great
critique of the dominant western tradition need to place "fear" in a
different philosophical context? 



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