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Adorno : A Guide for the Perplexed - Alex Thomson

Adorno

A Guide for the Perplexed

Hardcover Published: 23rd March 2006
ISBN: 9780826474193
Number Of Pages: 192

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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. 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.

'Alex Thompson's book not only illuminates Adorno's most important ideas, it makes an original contribution to contemporary social theory. He does justice to the great complexity of the inter-disciplinary thought of this leading figure of the Frankfurt School without relying on any of the usual interpretations that have tended to dominate the debate on the subject in recent years. The book will therefore be of great clarificatory use for undergraduates, and will provide much stimulus to postgraduates and academics as well.' Darrow Schecter, University of Sussex

Abbreviations
Introduction
Against Authenticity
Weimar Years
In America
Adorno's Cultural Criticism
Return
Aftermath
Art and Culture
Adorno and Popular Music
The Aesthetics of Music
Modernism or avant-garde?
History and Truth-Content
The Culture Industry
Aesthetic theory and ideology-critique
Freedom and Society
Wrong Life: Adorno's Minima Moralia
Adorno and Kant
Freedom and Society
Dialectic of Enlightenment
The morality of thinking
Living with Guilt
Philosophy and History
Writing the Disaster
Crisis of Reason
Against Historicism
The task of philosophy
Adorno & Marxism
Conclusion
Notes
Further Reading
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780826474193
ISBN-10: 0826474195
Series: Guides for the Perplexed
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 23rd March 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1