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Schuld and Abwehr

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ISBN-10: 0674036034

ISBN-13: 9780674036031

Edition: 2010

Authors: Jeffrey K. Olick, Andrew J. Perrin, Jeffrey K. Adorno, Theodor W. Adorno

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List price: $48.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 6/15/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Michael North is professor of modern history at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universitt Greifswald in Germany.Jeffrey K. Olick is professor of sociology at the University of Virginia.

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.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Translation
The Original Publications
Introduction
Guilt and Defense: Theodor Adorno and the Legacies of National Socialism in German Society
Guilt and Defense
Final Version of the Basic Stimulus (Colburn Letter)
Preface
Guilt and Defense
Knowledge of the Events
Guilt
The Self-Image of the Participants
The Reality behind Defensiveness: Truth and Ideology
Defense
Elements of National Socialist Ideology
The Ambivalent Ones
Open-minded Participants
The Debate with Hofst�tter
"On Group Experiment by F. Pollock: A Critical Appraisal"
"Reply to Peter R. Hofst�tter's Critique of Group Experiment"
Working Through the Past
"The Meaning of Working Through the Past"
Index