By Brian O’Connor
Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) was once one of many most appropriate philosophers and social theorists of the post-war interval. the most important to the advance of severe concept, his hugely unique and exact yet frequently tough writings not just enhance questions of basic philosophical importance, yet offer deep-reaching analyses of literature, artwork, song sociology and political theory.
In this entire 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 existence and key philosophical perspectives and affects, which contextualizes the highbrow surroundings during which he labored, O’Connor assesses the relevant components of Adorno’s philosophy.
He rigorously examines Adorno’s exact form of research and indicates how a lot of his paintings is a serious reaction to a few of the kinds of identification considering 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 distinct debts of Adorno’s notions of the dialectic of Enlightenment, reification, totality, mediation, identification, nonidentity, event, destructive dialectics, immanence, freedom, autonomy, imitation and autonomy in artwork. the ultimate bankruptcy considers Adorno’s philosophical legacy and significance today.
Including a chronology, thesaurus, bankruptcy summaries, and recommendations for additional examining, Adorno is a perfect advent to this difficult yet very important philosopher, and crucial examining for college kids of philosophy, literature, sociology and cultural studies.
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“O’Connor’s e-book sticks out as an extremely lucid and trustworthy creation to a notoriously tricky philosopher. i will be able to consider no learn of this sort that so elegantly and successfully explores Adorno’s suggestion and its relevance to our personal time.” —Espen Hammer, Temple collage, USA
“This long-awaited creation is a perfect place to begin for an individual attracted 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 offers us and demonstrates the iconic value of non-identity thinking.” —Fabian Freyenhagen, college of Essex, UK
“This is surely the easiest creation to Adorno to be had, and may be advised to someone hoping to familiarize themselves with this tough and worthwhile philosopher.” —Owen Hulatt, Unversity of York, UK
“This ebook is a such a lot welcome boost to the Routledge Philosophers sequence. Brian O’Connor’s narrow quantity could be the main concise but wide-ranging of all introductions to Theodor W. Adorno’s (1903–1969) notion presently in print this day. O’Connor’s textual content merits a place at the shelf of somebody who's attracted to the Frankfurt tuition commonly or Adorno specifically. those people who are attracted to studying extra concerning the thinker through the identify of Adorno will be clever to select this booklet up.” —Patrick Gamsby, Brandeis college, USA
“...this new advent 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 disregarded as obscure.” —Koshka Duff, Marx & Philosophy assessment of Books
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Adorno (Routledge Philosophers) by Brian O’Connor