Articles

The "Primal Pseudos": Adorno's Concept of Nationalism

Authors

  • Wacyl Azzouz University of Basel

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21827/krisis.41.1.37165

Keywords:

Adorno, Critical theory, Nationalism

Abstract

Even though the term “primal pseudos” appears only once in Theodor W. Adorno’s lecture History and Freedom, it is the key for the understanding of Adorno’s concept of nation and nationalism. In the aforementioned lecture the term “primal pseudos” describes the contradiction immanent in the concept of the nation. The critical investigation into the immanent contradiction of the concept of the nation discloses the impossibility of what nationalism wants rather than its falseness.

Published

2021-06-15

How to Cite

Azzouz, W. (2021). The "Primal Pseudos": Adorno’s Concept of Nationalism. Krisis | Journal for Contemporary Philosophy, 41(1), 5-23. https://doi.org/10.21827/krisis.41.1.37165