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Adorno : A Guide for the Perplexed :  A Guide for the Perplexed - Alex Thomson

Adorno : A Guide for the Perplexed

A Guide for the Perplexed

Paperback

Published: July 2006
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Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging - or, indeed, downright bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to fathom, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material. One of the most influential philosophers and cultural theorists of the twentieth century, Theodor Adorno poses a considerable challenge to students. His works can often seem obscure and impenetrable, particularly for those with little knowledge of the philosophical traditions on which he draws. His tendency to confound what we take for common sense, and to attack what he sees as the dominant trends in twentieth century European and American culture, can pose very particular difficulties for the reader. Adorno: A Guide for the Perplexed is an engaging and accessible account of his thought that does not patronise or short-change the reader. Those new to Adorno - and those who have struggled to make headway with his work - will find this an invaluable resource: clearly written, comprehensive and specifically focused on just what makes Adorno difficult to read and understand. The text is structured around key themes in Adorno's work and provides clear and stimulating accounts of topics including the central place of the aesthetic in Adorno's writing, his much misunderstood essays on popular culture and the importance of freedom in Adorno's philosophy.

'Alex Thompson's book not only illuminates Adorno's most important ideas, it makes an original contribution to contemporary social theory... The book will be of great clarificatory use for undergraduates, and will provide much stimulus to postgraduates and academics as well.' Darrow Schecter, University of Sussex

Abbreviationsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Against Authenticityp. 10
Weimar Yearsp. 12
In Americap. 20
Adorno's Cultural Criticismp. 24
Returnp. 31
Aftermathp. 36
Art and Culturep. 40
Adorno and Popular Musicp. 45
The Aesthetics of Musicp. 53
Modernism or Avant-garde?p. 58
History and Truth-Contentp. 63
The Culture Industryp. 70
Aesthetic Theory and Ideology-critiquep. 76
Freedom and Societyp. 83
Wrong Life: Adorno's Minima Moraliap. 87
Adorno and Kantp. 93
Freedom and Societyp. 97
Dialectic of Enlightenmentp. 103
The Morality of Thinkingp. 110
Living with Guiltp. 114
Philosophy and Historyp. 118
Writing the Disasterp. 122
Crisis of Reasonp. 129
Against Historicismp. 134
The Task of Philosophyp. 141
Adorno and Marxismp. 148
Conclusionp. 153
Notesp. 158
Further Readingp. 162
Bibliographyp. 166
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9780826474209
ISBN-10: 0826474209
Series: Guides for the Perplexed
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 175
Published: July 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.92  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1