By Brian O’Connor
Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) was once one of many preferable philosophers and social theorists of the post-war interval. an important to the advance of serious conception, his hugely unique and precise yet usually tricky writings not just increase questions of basic philosophical value, yet supply deep-reaching analyses of literature, paintings, tune sociology and political theory.
In this complete advent, Brian O’Connor explains Adorno’s philosophy for these coming to his paintings for the 1st time, via unique new strains of interpretation. starting with an summary of Adorno’s existence and key philosophical perspectives and affects, which contextualizes the highbrow atmosphere within which he labored, O’Connor assesses the significant components of Adorno’s philosophy.
He conscientiously examines Adorno’s precise variety of research and exhibits how a lot of his paintings is a serious reaction to many of the varieties of id pondering that experience underpinned the damaging forces of modernity. He is going directly to speak about the most components of Adorno’s philosophy: social concept, the philosophy of expertise, metaphysics, morality and aesthetics; taking off particular bills of Adorno’s notions of the dialectic of Enlightenment, reification, totality, mediation, id, nonidentity, adventure, unfavourable 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 additional examining, Adorno is a perfect creation to this challenging yet vital philosopher, and crucial studying for college kids of philosophy, literature, sociology and cultural studies.
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“This long-awaited advent is a perfect place to begin for a person drawn to Adorno’s wealthy and hard 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 iconic value of non-identity thinking.” —Fabian Freyenhagen, collage of Essex, UK
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“This booklet is a so much welcome boost to the Routledge Philosophers sequence. Brian O’Connor’s slender quantity could be the main concise but wide-ranging of all introductions to Theodor W. Adorno’s (1903–1969) idea presently in print this day. O’Connor’s textual content merits a place at the shelf of an individual who's attracted to the Frankfurt college normally or Adorno particularly. people who find themselves attracted to studying extra in regards to the thinker by way of the identify of Adorno will be clever to choose this ebook up.” —Patrick Gamsby, Brandeis college, USA
“...this new creation is lucid and gripping...In specific, it's first-class in bringing out the importance of Adorno’s criticisms of identity-thinking, that are too frequently pushed aside as obscure.” —Koshka Duff, Marx & Philosophy overview of Books
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Adorno’s reply brings us to the central issue that simply separates him, irreconcilably, from positivism. For Adorno the question is: must social theory be restricted to concepts and explanations that are veriﬁable either empirically or deductively? Adorno’s answer is obviously in the negative. Yet must not some form of justiﬁcation be provided? Some ‘plausible reason’ oﬀered? Rejection of positivism is no licence for any alternative. e. their tendency to act under the rule of equivalence, the variety of ways in which they regulate their actions, and that the commonality of their behaviour is no coincidence or accident) as well as the socio-historical context of intellectual phenomena in general: Without the anticipation of that structural moment of the whole, which in individual observations can hardly ever be adequately realized, no individual observation would ﬁnd its relative place.
We turn now to the second objection to Adorno’s concept of totality. During the positivist dispute he was pressed on what was seen as a lack of justiﬁcation for this concept. This criticism emerged, almost inevitably, as a direct result of Adorno’s anti-positivist way 40 Adorno of asserting the validity of the concept. His core claim, as we have seen, is that society as a totality is all pervasive. It inﬂuences every social fact, but it is not itself a fact among the others: facts are mediated within it.
Nevertheless, his social analysis is essentially philosophical. Even in writings nominally devoted to social theory – for example, Introduction to the Sociology of Music (1962) – Adorno avails little of the materials of the sociological tradition. Instead, his investigations of society are pursued through philosophical categories. Directing philosophical analysis towards social phenomena has placed Adorno’s philosophy at odds with the model of philosophy as the practice of pure reason, elevated above history.
Adorno (Routledge Philosophers) by Brian O’Connor