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In Dialectic of Enlightenment, Adorno and

Horkheimer comment on the ruse of reason

involved in Odysseus' encounter with Polyphemus

in Odyssey. Odysseus employs cunning to trick

the Cyclops, calling himself "Udeis", a word

which also means nobody. The authors claim that

this double entendre can be interpreted as

a"formalistic" recognition that words may have

a number of meanings. Such a discovery opens a

breach between words or concepts and the

objects to which they refer, creating an

antagonism between subject and object which will

only increase as history progress.

Dialectic and Enlightenment, translated by John
Cumming. (New York: The Seabury Press, 1972) p.60.

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