Adorno Reader

ISBN-10: 0631210776

ISBN-13: 9780631210771

Edition: 2000

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This volume brings together readings from Adorno's multidisciplinary work. The selections are divided into five sections: the task of philosophy, the concepts of philosophy, sociological writings, culture, and aesthetic criticism.
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List price: $57.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/7/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 380
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Theodor W. Adorno is the progenitor of critical theory, a central figure in aesthetics, and the century's foremost philosopher of music. He was born and educated in Frankfurt, Germany. After completing his Ph.D. in philosophy, he went to Vienna, where he studied composition with Alban Berg. He soon was bitterly disappointed with his own lack of talent and turned to musicology. In 1928 Adorno returned to Frankfurt to join the Institute for Social Research, commonly known as The Frankfurt School. At first a privately endowed center for Marxist studies, the school was merged with Frankfort's university under Adorno's directorship in the 1950s. As a refugee from Nazi Germany during World War II, Adorno lived for several years in Los Angeles before returning to Frankfurt. Much of his most significant work was produced at that time. Critics find Adorno's aesthetics to be rich in insight, even when they disagree with its broad conclusions. Although Adorno was hostile to jazz and popular music, he advanced the cause of contemporary music by writing seminal studies of many key composers. To the distress of some of his admirers, he remained pessimistic about the prospects for art in mass society. Adorno was a neo-Marxist who believed that the only hope for democracy was to be found in an interpretation of Marxism opposed to both positivism and dogmatic materialism. His opposition to positivisim and advocacy of a method of dialectics grounded in critical rationalism propelled him into intellectual conflict with Georg Hegel, Martin Heidegger, and Heideggerian hermeneutics.

Brian O'Connor is Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin.

Acknowledgements
A Note on Selections
Introduction
The Task of Philosophy
The Actuality of Philosophy
Why Philosophy?
Negative Dialectics and The Possibility of Philosophy
The Melancholy Science
Meditations on Metaphysics: After Auschwitz
The Concepts of Philosophy
The Essay as Form
Metacritique of Epistemology
Subject and Object
Sociology
The Concept of Enlightenment
Sociology and Empirical Research
Art, Culture and Society
Cultural Criticism and Society
Lyric Poetry and Society
Culture Industry Reconsidered
The Autonomy of Art
Criticism
The Perennial Fashion - Jazz
Arnold Schoenberg, 1874-1951
Alienated Masterpiece: The Missa Solemnis
Trying to Understand Endgame
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