Mr Amir-Hooshang Eftekhari-Rad

Amir-Hooshang Eftekhari-Rad


Research project: The Problem of the Duality of Time in the Context of Adorno's Negative Dialectics


My PhD research addresses the notion of time in Adorno's idea of negative dialectics. This involves the duality of time which Adorno refers to in his book, Negative Dialectics. But what is the duality of time? The duality of time – the dichotomy of temporality and eternity, and the problem of what Adorno calls temporalization and detemporalization – punctuates the movement of Negative Dialectics. Adorno scholars have paid little attention to this problem, and researchers working on the philosophy of time have yet to take note of Adorno's interventions in this field. This duality is a gap within Negative Dialectics. In Negative Dialectics while Adorno deals with the phenomenological ontology of Heidegger's Being and Time to a considerable extent, he does not deal in depth with the notions of time and temporality which are the horizon of being for Heidegger. In order to reach at a new meaning of being which is emphatically differentiated from beings, which Heidegger talks about, Heidegger criticizes the common conception of time by giving a primacy to primordial time, making a new kind of duality of time. In keeping with the idea of a negative dialectics, Adorno must deal with the duality of time which he refers to in the very few pages of his book. But what will happen to the duality of time in a negative dialectics? In an attempt to answer this question, the thesis is constructed through three areas of research: 1) a critical (re-)construction of the idea of negative dialectics; 2) an excavation of the philosophy of time, especially, in order to show how the dualities of time are formed and expounded; and 3) an examination of how theories of time may engage with negative dialectics.   


As an exiled writer, poet and essayist, I had to leave Iran in 2010 after the Green Movement and since then I have been living in London. I have translated some books in philosophy and literature from English into Persian and published some collections of poetry and short stories. I also have worked as a columnist and editor writing on philosophy (Marxism and critical theory), poetry, politics, and philosophy of physics. I was editor of a collection regarding critical theory, which was published in Farsi in Tehran.    

Areas of research interest

  • Communism/Marxism
  • the Frankfurt School
  • philosophy of time
  • ontology
  • epistemology
  • phenomenology
  • philosophy of physics and mathematics
  • radical philosophy/politics
  • metaphysics
  • German Idealism


  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering and Physics at Azad Tehran University
  • MA in Modern European Philosophy at CRMEP with a dissertation on Adorno's Negative Dialectics.


I have authored and translated in Persian concerning Karl Marx, Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Walter Benjamin, Henri Lefebvre, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Rancier, Alain Badiou, Giorgio Agamben, Maxim Gorky, Vladimir Mayakovsky etc. I have published some collections of poetry, short stories, and a collection of essays in philosophy, politics, poetry, and literature. Some of my works are denied publication by the state censorship.  

Conference papers

In June 2022 I presented a paper, ‘Nihilism and Negativity in the idea of Negative Dialectics', at the Conference of Royal Holloway's Centre for Continental Philosophy