Boucher writes

‘If materialism means anything, it is that concepts cannot grasp material particulars, qualitative differences and the embodied experience of the individual’

and

it is not ‘just a matter of coloring-in with different crayons’

Geoff Boucher 2013 Adorno Reframed p59.

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  • Chris  On 19/07/2013 at 11:02

    As a materialist, I understand the concept as another fold into the material real, not so much a grasping as a translation or perhaps transduction into a different and mode of expression. I’d concur that a concept is always to some extent a generalization though. I find the last statement very dubious: stating that concepts cannot grasp material particulars doesn’t feel like stating a concept cannot grasp a concept, but stating that a concept cannot grasp ‘the embodied experience of the individual’ certainly does! It comes dangerously close to naturalising the concepts ‘experience’ and ‘individual’. Maybe that’s already writing too much in response to such a brief quote…

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