Critical Models Interventions and Catchwords

ISBN-10: 0231076355

ISBN-13: 9780231076357

Edition: 1999

Authors: Theodor W. Adorno, Henry W. Pickford

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Between 1959 and his death ten years later, Adorno published fourteen paperback collections of his work, often combining revised and new essays-publications intended for an educated and politically and culturally influential audience. Two collections of those works combined in this one volume -- Interventions: Nine Critical Models (1963) and Catchwords: Critical Models II (1969) -- are passionate examples of Adorno's postwar commitment to unmasking the culture that engendered Nazism and its antihumanist nightmare. Included here are Adorno's practical recommendations for reform in primary and higher education, his explanation for the enduring therapeutic value of psychoanalysis, and his appeal to raise public awareness of "propaganda tricks" that exploit prejudice and chauvinism. The collection also includes new translations of such classic pieces as "Why Still Philosophy," "Note on the Human Sciences and Culture," and "Scientific Experiences of a European Scholar in America," a memoir of his exile in the United States.
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 8/12/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 418
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
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.

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) was one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. He is the author of such seminal works as Minima Moralia, The Philosophy of New Music, and, with Max Horkheimer, The Dialectic of Enlightenment.Lydia Goehr is professor of philosophy and aesthetic theory at Columbia University. She is the author of The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Musicand The Quest for Voice: Music, Politics, and the Limits of Philosophy.

Interventions: Nine Critical Models
Why Still Philosophy
Philosophy and Teachers
Note on Human Science and Culture
Those Twenties
Prologue to Television
Television as Ideology
Sexual Taboos and Law Today
The Meaning of Working Through the Past
Opinion Delusion Society
Catchwords: Critical Models 2
Notes on Philosophical Thinking
Reason and Revelation
Gloss on Personality
Free Time
Taboos on the Teaching Vocation
Education After Auschwitz
On the Question: "What is German?"
Scientific Experiences of a European Scholar in America
Dialectical Epilegomena: On Subject and Object
Dialectical Epilegomena: Marginalia to Theory and Praxis
Critical Models 3
Discussion of Professor Adorno's Lecture "The Meaning of Working Through the Past"
Introduction to the Lecture "The Meaning of Working Through the Past"
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