1 Theodore Adorno, ‘Trying to Understand Endgame’ in Samuel Beckett: Longman Critical Reader, eds. Jennifer. Birkett and Kate Ince (Essex: Pearson. As Theodor Adorno famously notes: ‘Understanding [Endgame] can mean Disagreement arises only over the identity of the side seeking to checkmate Ham. The text under discussion will be Theodor Adorno’s essay on Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, “Trying to Understand Endgame” [Versuch, das.

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The situations that Beckett dramatize s do not detract or add anything to the presentation of a modern condition, and least of all do they comment upon such a state of things.

A Collection of Critical Essays. Samuel Beckett and the Philosophical Image.

After scrutinizing the objects that constitute the external world, he pretends to derive a universal statement from this study. One can definitely not resume the enterprise of clarification and exhaustive description of the universe that safely dissociated the knowing subject from the known world. This, as Adorno would say, is deeply anachronistic, ideological even, because the untruth of it is metaphysically attested.

Samuel Beckett and the End of Modernity. We lose our hair, our teeth! The Republic of Silence. The absurd is reification; reification is the absurd; and like the human subject, they both are historical categories.

If we say that all citizens have an obligation to serve the state, and the state reflects a natural order, then our lives are legitimized as long as we fulfil this task etc. The characters cannot leave the scenic enclosure for they only exist in this restricted perimeter. Voyages au bout du possible. Theodor AdornoSamuel Beckett. Adorno Beckett Endgame Endspiel.

On Absurdity. Adorno, Beckett, and the Demise of Existentialism

Here, we return to the differentiation sketched above between the contentual and the formal. For the Existentialists the absurd remains an idea, a underetand that is treated on the contentual level within a traditional form the play, the novel.

We look forward to hearing your ideas! Idiomatism seems to be the rule of their verbal exchange.

Such a return to rationality cannot be conceived of, for it would constitute a future, and that is definitely far too presumptuous and frightening for the character. For Adorno insists on the necessity of a commitment to the world in the artistic process. In all these cases, the possibility of generalizing a particular experience to a whole class of comparable objects remains unconvincing. What is it, at the endpoint of which stands absolute reification?


It is therefore not a necessity of thought or truth that leads us to the absurd, but in itself a historical tendency. For the time being, the historical crisis of the individual runs up against the single biological being, its arena. McMillan, Douglas and Marta Fehsenfeld.

On Absurdity. Adorno, Beckett, and the Demise of Existentialism

Conversely, content or contentedness would precisely describe that quality of the objects whose life has been extinguished. Why do the Existentialists end up in this paradoxical situation?

The succession of situations in Beckett, gliding along without resistance from individuals, thus ends with those obstinate bodies which have ttying.

You can reserve at ticket via Eventbrite here. Some wine will be served and people are welcome to bring their own. Meaning that as long as we have a present subject that observes, uses, destroys the thingthe thing is more than a thing, and the reification is not absolute.

It is obvious which side Adorno is on; but wherein lies his critique of the Existentialists?

Yet in the final analysis, there is more to it than strict presentation because this mimesis appears to us as untenable, it compromises, unsettles and harms what it presents.

The sentence is sharp, distinct and enndgame. Language therefore becomes absurd not by silence, but by the paradox state where it speaks without speaking and therefore becomes truly senseless and empty. Where do they fail?

Tuesday 6th February, Michael Springer York will give a short introduction to Adorno’s work and its relation to Samuel Beckett’s writing, which will be followed by a general discussion of the essay as both theory and commentary.

The absurd remains external to the singular sentence or subject. Trying to Understand Endgame [UE], A condition where nature is a mere thing to be used brings us dangerously close to the absurd state of absolute reification. As soon as we identify a concrete thing, the subject sneaks back in. He looks for the gaff, sees it, picks endame up, hastens towards door.

Despite the hopelessness at the end of the novel, a glimmer of hope is conserved in the thought that outward circumstances can always be changed and considering that Orwell also uses the traditional form of the novel with Smith as its protagonist, we could again say that he presupposes the immutable individual straight away as he endgmae singled out right from the tryig.


Adorno’s “Trying to Understand Endgame”

The lecture will take place in Conference Auditorium endvame, near the Edge. It is always the same story, the same play that plays itself out. It concerns the collapse of the possibility to ascribe our life an objective sense due to our position in the cosmos, or, rather, in a cosmological order. The singular sentence therefore remains untouched by the dissolution, it is even affirmed in its singularity against the surrounding emptiness.

What Adorno and Beckett are looking for are not new forms of affirmation that could give us final comfort and security; their necessarily negative, critical and unapologetic approach aims for the rare moments, where, unexpectedly, the untruth of the absurd, of the inhumane condition leaps out and makes tryying surmise the presence of something completely different:.

If, on the other hand, individuality is a historical category, it becomes much more precarious; meaning, that had the resistance against totalitarianism failed, there would have come a point where rebellion was categorically impossible because the instance that could lead it, a subjectivity rising against all-embracing collectivity, would simply not exist anymore.

Bad luck to it! A thing is what it is, a mere presence, nothing more. Beckett, on the other hand, goes further by also dissolving the meaning of sentences and words; he thereby draws the final consequence of the absurd, namely that in such a state of pure presence, of pure dissociation, the individual would perish as well.

For in both cases, the artist would impose an interpretative order on reality. ot

The subject therefore does not make an exception in the dissolution by the absurd, as it did for the Existentialists. Utility, after all, deflagrates as soon as the ti is used up in its usage, so to speak.