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By Brian O’Connor

ISBN-10: 0415367352

ISBN-13: 9780415367356

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) was once one of many most appropriate philosophers and social theorists of the post-war interval. the most important to the improvement of serious thought, his hugely unique and targeted yet frequently tough writings not just boost questions of primary philosophical importance, yet offer deep-reaching analyses of literature, artwork, tune sociology and political theory.

In this entire advent, Brian O’Connor explains Adorno’s philosophy for these coming to his paintings for the 1st time, via unique new traces of interpretation. starting with an outline of Adorno’s lifestyles and key philosophical perspectives and impacts, which contextualizes the highbrow surroundings within which he labored, O’Connor assesses the valuable parts of Adorno’s philosophy.

He conscientiously examines Adorno’s specific variety of research and exhibits how a lot of his paintings is a serious reaction to some of the sorts of identification considering that experience underpinned the damaging forces of modernity. He is going directly to talk about the most components of Adorno’s philosophy: social thought, the philosophy of expertise, metaphysics, morality and aesthetics; starting off specified bills of Adorno’s notions of the dialectic of Enlightenment, reification, totality, mediation, identification, nonidentity, adventure, damaging dialectics, immanence, freedom, autonomy, imitation and autonomy in paintings. the ultimate bankruptcy considers Adorno’s philosophical legacy and significance today.

Including a chronology, word list, bankruptcy summaries, and proposals for extra examining, Adorno is a perfect creation to this not easy yet very important philosopher, and crucial interpreting for college students of philosophy, literature, sociology and cultural studies.

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“This is surely the easiest creation to Adorno on hand, and may be advised to somebody hoping to familiarize themselves with this hard and profitable philosopher.” —Owen Hulatt, Unversity of York, UK

“This ebook is a so much great addition to the Routledge Philosophers sequence. Brian O’Connor’s narrow quantity might be the main concise but wide-ranging of all introductions to Theodor W. Adorno’s (1903–1969) proposal at present in print at the present time. O’Connor’s textual content merits a place at the shelf of somebody who's drawn to the Frankfurt institution commonly or Adorno particularly. those who find themselves attracted to studying extra in regards to the thinker by means of the identify of Adorno will be clever to choose this publication up.” —Patrick Gamsby, Brandeis college, USA

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The two leading protagonists were brought together, in 1961, to address a conference in Tübingen. Karl Popper spoke for the side which endeavoured to give sociology a more rigorous, sometimes scientific formulation. Adorno, his opponent, regarded any such position as positivism with its inherent intellectual limitations, or worse, as the ideology of scientism. He was the key representative of the ‘dialectical’ position. The designation ‘dialectical’ was to indicate that it, unlike its positivist opponent, would be concretely responsive to particularity, while also conscious of the mediated place of the particular in the totality.

This interpretative approach is not one in which we might find the facts, as though they were simply waiting to be observed (like a scientific discovery). Rather, interpretation means uncovering the forms of thought which shape our world and which are at work, often unknown to the agents who are shaped by them, in the production of social phenomena: ‘The task of philosophy is … to interpret unintentional reality … ’ (AP 31). The social theory that emerges from this framework, from a defence of ‘the unquestioned authority of the institution of science’ (IPD 67), will have to be free of the ‘illusion’ of certainty (IPD 58).

In contrast, a system, Adorno argues, actually divides individuals from each other. It divides them even as it pushes them into a common behaviour. The rule of equivalence that facilitates exchange between all human beings is also the rule that separates them. As he explains: … the totality within which we live, and which we can feel in each of our social actions, is conditioned not by a direct ‘togetherness’ encompassing us all, but by the fact that we are essentially divided from each other through the abstract relationship of exchange.

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