This volume is the essential collection of readings from the multidisciplinary work of Theodor Adorno, one of the most influential and admired German thinkers of the twentieth century. In order to allow a ready appreciation of a specific area of Adorno's thought, The Adorno Reader organizes the most important of his writings into five sections: the task of philosophy, the concepts of philosophy, sociological writings, culture, and aesthetic criticism. In addition to a general introduction, the editor has provided individual introductions to all of the material in the book. By explicating some of the more obscure terminology and arguments these introductions clearly situate each piece within the larger context of Adorno's writings and his philosophical tradition.
"Philosopher, social theorist, musicologist and critic, Adorno isnow accepted as one of our century's most brilliant radicalthinkers. The great virtue of Brian O'Connor's lucidly presentedselection is to make clear the depth and consistency, as well asthe extraordinary range, of Adorno's work. The book will be ofvalue to newcomers and scholars alike." Michael Rosen, LincolnCollege, University of Oxford
"Invaluable. Brian O'Connor has put together the ideal Adornoreader, containing not only Adorno's finest essays, but preciselythe pieces that are necessary for teaching Adorno. Because of itsrange, this volume will suit students of literature and socialtheory as well as philosophy." Jay M. Bernstein, VanderbiltUniversity
"This collection of Adorno's most significant essays, along withthe excerpts from his major philosophical texts, provides a muchneeded single resource for guiding students through the criticalforce of Adorno's thinking. O'Connor's introduction gives a compactoverview of the history of Adorno's writings as well as alucid...exposition of Adorno's concept of experience." ColinHearfield, University of New England
A Note on Selections.
Part I: The Task of Philosophy: .
1. The Actuality of Philosophy.
2. Why Philosophy?.
3. Negative Dialectics and The Possibility of Philosophy.
4. The Melancholy Science.
5. Meditations on Metaphysics: After Auschwitz.
Part II: The Concepts of Philosophy: .
6. The Essay as Form.
7. Metacritique of Epistemology.
8. Subject and Object.
Part III: Sociology: .
9. The Concept of Enlightenment.
10. Sociology and Empirical Research.
Part IV: Art, Culture and Society:.
11. Cultural Criticism and Society.
12. Lyric Poetry and Society.
13. Culture Industry Reconsidered.
14. The Autonomy of Art.
Part V: Criticism: .
15. The Perennial Fashion - Jazz.
16. Arnold Schoenberg, 1874-1951.
17. Alienated Masterpiece: The Missa Solemnis.
18. Trying to Understand Endgame.
Series: Blackwell Readers
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 7th April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.24 x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1