By Brian O’Connor

ISBN-10: 0415367352

ISBN-13: 9780415367356

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) was once one of many most efficient philosophers and social theorists of the post-war interval. the most important to the improvement of serious concept, his hugely unique and precise yet frequently tough writings not just develop questions of basic philosophical value, yet supply deep-reaching analyses of literature, paintings, track sociology and political theory.

In this finished 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 summary of Adorno’s lifestyles and key philosophical perspectives and impacts, which contextualizes the highbrow atmosphere within which he labored, O’Connor assesses the primary parts of Adorno’s philosophy.

He conscientiously examines Adorno’s unique kind of research and indicates how a lot of his paintings is a serious reaction to a few of the sorts of id considering that experience underpinned the damaging forces of modernity. He is going directly to speak about the most parts of Adorno’s philosophy: social concept, the philosophy of expertise, metaphysics, morality and aesthetics; commencing specific bills of Adorno’s notions of the dialectic of Enlightenment, reification, totality, mediation, id, nonidentity, event, detrimental dialectics, immanence, freedom, autonomy, imitation and autonomy in artwork. the ultimate bankruptcy considers Adorno’s philosophical legacy and value today.

Including a chronology, word list, bankruptcy summaries, and recommendations for extra studying, Adorno is a perfect advent to this hard yet very important philosopher, and crucial interpreting for college kids of philosophy, literature, sociology and cultural studies.

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“O’Connor’s ebook sticks out as an incredibly lucid and trustworthy creation to a notoriously tricky philosopher. i will be able to reflect on no research of this sort that so elegantly and successfully explores Adorno’s idea and its relevance to our personal time.” —Espen Hammer, Temple collage, USA

“This long-awaited advent is a perfect start line for somebody drawn to Adorno’s wealthy and not easy paintings. O’Connor succeeds in combining accessibility with philosophical sophistication and interpretative nuance. He unlocks significant problems with which Adorno’s writings provides us and demonstrates the long-lasting significance of non-identity thinking.” —Fabian Freyenhagen, college of Essex, UK

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

“This publication is a such a lot 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) concept presently in print at the present time. O’Connor’s textual content merits a place at the shelf of an individual who's attracted to the Frankfurt tuition in most cases or Adorno specifically. people who find themselves attracted to studying extra in regards to the thinker by means of the identify of Adorno will be clever to select this e-book up.” —Patrick Gamsby, Brandeis collage, USA

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S 149) There is another key way in which system and organism need to be differentiated. The proponents of the organic view see it as a natural law of social organization. And when society is understood as an organism certain styles of behaviour can be demanded in the name of social cohesion. Ideally, each individual should operate, willingly, as a part of the whole, recognized as the common purpose of all. This situation is one in which there is togetherness based on this Society 37 commonality of purpose.

ND 23, translation adjusted) Adorno here draws an unusual connection between ‘the system’ – capitalistic integration – and the identity politics that motivated so many non-Jewish Germans and others to support the policies of the Nazis. This differentiates him, to some degree, from those interpreters of the Holocaust who see German Anti-Semitism as grounded in sentimental and romantic anti-modernist tendencies. (In Chapter 5 we will see Adorno’s argument that the weakening of experience within capitalism undermines the conditions in which human autonomy might develop.

Reification is the reduction of potentially transformative possibilities of experience into control, strict self-regulation and self-delimitation. The agent becomes thinglike without dynamic relations to the surrounding environment (the stem of reification being ‘res’, thing, as ‘Ding’ is the stem of the German Verdinglichung). What Adorno diagnoses as reified experience is simply assumed by the various philosophical theories that he subjects to criticism. ) The aggrandizing theories of the subject – from Descartes to German Idealism and Phenomenology – taking their material from their historical situations, repeat at the most abstract level what is, in fact, part of the condition of social reality.

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