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May 17, 2012 at 3:21pm
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Black shrouds cover the horizon of a state of freedom that would no longer require either repression or morality, because drives would no longer have to be expressed in destruction. It is not in their nauseating parody, sexual repression, that moral questions are succinctly posed; it is in lines such as: No man should be tortured; there should be no concentration camps - while all of this continues in Asia and Africa and is repressed merely because, as ever, the humanity of civilization is inhumane toward the people it shamelessly brands as uncivilized.

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Theodor Adorno, Negative Dialectics [1966]

And here’s his own response:

"But if a moral philosopher were to seize upon these lines and exult at having caught the critics of morality, at last - caught them quoting the same values that are happily proclaimed by the philosophy of morals - his cogent conclusion would be false."

Go buy yourself a popsicle, you clever bastard.

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  1. marklow posted this