Can One Live after Auschwitz? A Philosophical Reader

ISBN-10: 0804731446

ISBN-13: 9780804731447

Edition: 2003

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What took place in Auschwitz revokes what Adorno termed the 'Western legacy of positivity', the innermost substance of traditional philosophy. This text anatomizes the range of Adorno's concerns, including sections such as 'Art, Memory of Suffering', and 'Damaged Life'.
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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 5/28/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
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.

Introduction: "Not the First Philosophy, but a Last One": Notes on Adorno's Thought
Note on Sources
Toward a New Categorical Imperative
The Meaning of Working through the Past
Education after Auschwitz
Damaged Life
Selections from Minima Moralia
Grassy seat
How nice of you, Doctor
Le bourgeois revenant
Proprietary rights
Refuge for the homeless
Baby with the bathwater
Savages are not more noble
Out of the firing line
Back to culture
Invitation to the dance
On the morality of thinking
Morality and temporal sequence
Folly of the wise
A word for morality
Unmeasure for unmeasure
People are looking at you
Little folk
Uninformed opinion
The paragraph
Passing muster
Picture-book without pictures
Late extra
Boy from the heath
Il servo padrone
Model of virtue
The bad comrade
Expensive reproduction
Juvenal's error
Consecutio temporum
Toy shop
Novissimum organum
Don't exaggerate
Administered World, Reified Thought
Reflections on Class Theory
Late Capitalism or Industrial Society?: The Fundamental Question of the Present Structure of Society
Cultural Criticism and Society
The Jargon of Authenticity
Crowds and Power: Conversation with Elias Canetti
Art, Memory of Suffering
Heine the Wound
Notes on Kafka
Trying to Understand Endgame
Beethoven's Late Style
Wagner's Relevance Today
Alban Berg
Art and the Arts
A Philosophy That Keeps Itself Alive
Elements of Anti-Semitism: Limits of Enlightenment
Selections from Metaphysics: Concept and Problems
Lecture Fourteen, "The Liquidation of the Self"
Lecture Fifteen, "Metaphysics and Materialism"
Lecture Sixteen, "Consciousness of Negativity"
Lecture Seventeen, "Dying Today"
Lecture Eighteen, "Metaphysical Experience"
Translators' and Editors' Notes
Index of Names
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