Theodor Adorno: Key Concepts

Theodor Adorno: Key Concepts

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1844651207

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Adorno continues to have an impact on disciplines as diverse as philosophy, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, musicology and literary theory. An uncompromising critic, even as Adorno contests many of the premises of the philosophical tradition, he also reinvigorates that tradition in his concerted attempt to stem or to reverse potentially catastrophic tendencies in the West. This book serves as a guide through the intricate labyrinth of Adorno's work. Expert contributors make Adorno accessible to a new generation of readers without simplifying his thought. They provide readers with the key concepts needed to decipher Adorno's often daunting books and essays.




















political philosophy. Her books include Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel’s Philosophy (2004), Luce Irigaray and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference (2006) and An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (2007). Marianne Tettlebaum is Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Hendrix College, USA. She is currently at work on a book-length study entitled Adorno’s Lightheartedness — ‘Mozart’s Sadness’, which examines the role of the concepts of lightheartedness and childhood in Adorno's analysis

see also bourgeoisie, proletariat class struggle 6–7, 118; see also revolution collective action 9, 139–42, 191–3; see also global subject, praxis, solidarity Columbia University 3 commodification 14, 15, 24, 66; see also commodity, exchange relations, fetishism, reification commodity 170–71, 173; see also commodification, exchange relations, fetishism, spirit (objective) compassion see ethics concept 10–13, 22–3, 26, 47–61, 84–5, 88–9; emphatic 12–13; pure 48; see also universal

societies, pervades Adorno’s writings. The powerlessness of intellectuals in the face of fascism’s rise in the 1930s, and the general lack of resistance to it in the German population, left a profound impression on him. He was horrified, above all, by the atrocities of the concentration camps and the fact that such atrocities could occur in a civilization that called itself advanced. He argues, therefore, in “Education after Auschwitz”, that the central idea of political instruction ought to be

radical modernist art need to be considered in connection with his criticism of the kind of art that explicitly espouses particular political commitments. Although Adorno is interested in the relation of art to society, that relation does not inhere, for him, in the explicit political commitments or social criticism that artworks might be taken to advance. Adorno was wary of the artistic and theoretical attempts by JeanPaul Sartre and, on a much higher level, by Bertolt Brecht to turn art

revised this undefended thesis on Husserl and published it in 1956. The book was later translated into English as Against Epistemology (AE). 7. See, for example, Adorno’s controversial essay “On Jazz”, and “On the Fetish Character in Music and the Regression of Listening” in EM. 8. Wiggershaus, The Frankfurt School, 239. 9. Horkheimer, “Die Juden und Europa”, Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung 8 (1–2) (1939), 115–37. In 1941, the Institute published a series of articles on National Socialism in

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