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Theodor W. Adorno

By Detlev Claussen
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  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Pages : 440
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This book gives us our first clear look at how the man and his moment met to create “critical theory.” An intimate picture of the quintessential twentieth-century transatlantic intellectual, the book is also a window on the cultural ferment of Adorno’s day—and its ongoing importance in our own.

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Aesthetic Theory

By Theodor W. Adorno Adorno
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  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Book Code : 1452965676
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Philosophy
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Perhaps the most important aesthetics of the twentieth century appears here newly translated, in English that is for the first time faithful to the intricately demanding language of the original German. The culmination of a lifetime of aesthetic investigation, Aesthetic Theory is Adorno’s major work, a defense of modernism that is paradoxical in its defense of illusion. In it, Adorno takes up the problem of art in a day when “it goes without saying that nothing concerning art goes without saying.” In the course of his discussion, Adorno revisits such concepts as the sublime, the ugly, and the beautiful, demonstrating that concepts such as these are reservoirs of human experience. These experiences ultimately underlie aesthetics, for in Adorno’s formulation “art is the sedimented history of human misery.” Robert Hullot-Kentor’s translation painstakingly, yet fluently, reproduces the nuances and particularities of the original. Long awaited and significant, Aesthetic Theory is the clarifying lens through which the whole of Adorno’s work is best viewed, providing a framework within which his other major writings cohere.

History and Freedom

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0745694500
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Philosophy
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Despite all of humanity's failures, futile efforts and wrong turnings in the past, Adorno did not let himself be persuaded that we are doomed to suffer a bleak future for ever. One of the factors that prevented him from identifying a definitive plan for the future course of history was his feelings of solidarity with the victims and losers. As for the future, the course of events was to remain open-ended; instead of finality, he remained committed to a Hölderlin-like openness. This trace of the messianic has what he called the colour of the concrete as opposed to mere abstract possibility. Early in the 1960s Adorno gave four courses of lectures on the road leading to Negative Dialectics, his magnum opus of 1966. The second of these was concerned with the topics of history and freedom. In terms of content, these lectures represented an early version of the chapters in Negative Dialectics devoted to Kant and Hegel. In formal terms, these were improvised lectures that permit us to glimpse a philosophical work in progress. The text published here gives us an overview of all the themes and motifs of Adorno's philosophy of history: the key notion of the domination of nature, his criticism of the existentialist concept of a historicity without history and, finally, his opposition to the traditional idea of truth as something permanent, unchanging and ahistorical.

Metaphysics

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0745694381
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Philosophy
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  • Pdf File: metaphysics.pdf

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This volume makes available in English for the first time Adorno's lectures on metaphysics. It provides a unique introduction not only to metaphysics but also to Adorno's own intellectual standpoint, as developed in his major work Negative Dialectics. Metaphysics for Adorno is defined by a central tension between concepts and immediate facts. Adorno traces this dualism back to Aristotle, whom he sees as the founder of metaphysics. In Aristotle it appears as an unresolved tension between form and matter. This basic split, in Adorno's interpretation, runs right through the history of metaphysics. Perhaps not surprisingly, Adorno finds this tension resolved in the Hegelian dialectic. Underlying this dualism is a further dichotomy, which Adorno sees as essential to metaphysics: while it dissolves belief in transcendental worlds by thought, at the same time it seeks to rescue belief in a reality beyond the empirical, again by thought. It is to this profound ambiguity, for Adorno, that the metaphysical tradition owes its greatness. The major part of these lectures, given by Adorno late in his life, is devoted to a critical exposition of Aristotle's thought, focusing on its central ambiguities. In the last lectures, Adorno's attention switches to the question of the relevance of metaphysics today, particularly after the Holocaust. He finds in 'metaphysical experiences', which transcend rational discourse without lapsing into irrationalism, a last precarious refuge of the humane truth to which his own thought always aspired. This volume will be essential reading for anyone interested in Adorno's work and will be a valuable text for students and scholars of philosophy and social theory.

The Melancholy Science

By Gillian Rose
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  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Book Code : 1781682062
  • Total of Pages : 212
  • Category : Philosophy
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The Melancholy Science is the first and foundational work from the celebrated philosopher Gillian Rose and a classic critique of critical theory.

Against Epistemology

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0745669662
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Philosophy
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This classic book by Theodor W. Adorno anticipates many of the themes that have since become common in contemporary philosophy: the critique of foundationalism, the illusions of idealism and the end of epistemology. It also foreshadows many of the key ideas that were developed by Adorno in his most important philosophical works, including Negative Dialectics. Against Epistemology is based on a manuscript Adorno originally wrote in Oxford in 1934-37 during his first years in exile and subsequently reworked in Frankfurt in 1955-56. The text was written as a critique of Husserl’s phenomenology, but the critique of phenomenology is used as the occasion for a much broader critique of epistemology. Adorno described this as a ‘metacritique’ which blends together the analysis of Husserl’s phenomenology as the most advanced instance of the decay of bourgeois idealism with an immanent critique of the tensions and contradictions internal to Husserl’s thought. The result is a powerful text which remains one of the most devastating critiques of Husserl’s work ever written and which heralded many of the ideas that have become commonplace in contemporary philosophy.

Correspondence, 1939 - 1969

By Theodor W. Adorno,Gershom Scholem
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1509510494
  • Total of Pages : 520
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At first glance, Theodor W. Adorno’s critical social theory and Gershom Scholem’s scholarship of Jewish mysticism could not seem farther removed from one another. To begin with, they also harbored a mutual hostility. But their first conversations in 1938 New York were the impetus for a profound intellectual friendship that lasted thirty years and produced more than 220 letters. These letters discuss the broadest range of topics in philosophy, religion, history, politics, literature, and the arts – as well as the life and the work of Adorno and Scholem’s mutual friend Walter Benjamin. Unfolding with the dramatic tension of a historic novel, the correspondence tells the story of these two intellectuals who faced tragedy, destruction, and loss, but also participated in the efforts to reestablish a just and dignified society after World War II. Scholem immigrated to Palestine before the war and developed his pioneering scholarship of Jewish mysticism before and during the problematic establishment of a Jewish state. Adorno escaped Germany to England, and then to America, returning to Germany in 1949 to participate in the efforts to rebuild and democratize German society. Despite the differences in the lifepaths and worldviews of Adorno and Scholem, their letters are evidence of mutual concern for intellectual truth and hope for a more just society in the wake of historical disaster. The letters reveal for the first time the close philosophical proximity between Adorno’s critical theory and Scholem’s scholarship of mysticism and messianism. Their correspondence touches on questions of reason and myth, progress and regression, heresy and authority, and the social dimensions of redemption. Above all, their dialogue sheds light on the power of critical, materialistic analysis of history to bring about social change and prevent repetition of the disasters of the past.

Dream Notes

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0745694616
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : Philosophy
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Book Short Summary:

"Dreams are as black as death." —Theodor W. Adorno Adorno was fascinated by his dreams and wrote them down throughout his life. He envisaged publishing a collection of them although in the event no more than a few appeared in his lifetime. Dream Notes offers a selection of Adornos writings on dreams that span the last twenty-five years of his life. Readers of Adorno who are accustomed to high-powered reflections on philosophy, music and culture may well find them disconcerting: they provide an amazingly frank and uninhibited account of his inner desires, guilt feelings and anxieties. Brothel scenes, torture and executions figure prominently. They are presented straightforwardly, at face value. No attempt is made to interpret them, to relate them to the events of his life, to psychoanalyse them, or to establish any connections with the principal themes of his philosophy. Are they fiction, autobiography or an attempt to capture a pre-rational, quasi-mythic state of consciousness? No clear answer can be given. Taken together they provide a highly consistent picture of a dimension of experience that is normally ignored, one that rounds out and deepens our knowledge of Adorno while retaining something of the enigmatic quality that energized his own thought.

Letters to his Parents

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Book Code : 0745695027
  • Total of Pages : 368
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'My dears: this is but a brief note to welcome you to the new world, where you are now no longer all too far away from us. ‘ So begins Adorno’s letter to his parents in May 1939, welcoming them to Cuba where they had just arrived after fleeing from Nazi Germany at the last minute. At the end of 1939 his parents moved again to Florida and then to New York, where they lived from August 1940 until the end of their lives. It is only with Adorno’s move to California at the end of 1941 that his letters to his parents start arriving once more, reporting on work and living conditions as well as on friends, acquaintances and the Hollywood stars of his time. One finds reports of his collaborations with Max Horkheimer, Thomas Mann and Hanns Eisler alongside accounts of parties, clowning around with Charlie Chaplin, and ill-fated love affairs. But the letters also show his constant longing for Europe: Adorno already began to think about his return as soon as the USA entered the war. Adorno’s letters to his parents – surely the most open and direct letters he ever wrote – not only afford the reader a glimpse of the experiences that gave rise to the famous Minima Moralia, but also show Adorno from a previously unknown, very personal side. They end with the first reports from the ravaged Frankfurt to his mother – who remained in New York – and from Amorbach, Adorno’s childhood paradise

The Complete Correspondence 1928 - 1940

By Theodor W. Adorno,Walter Benjamin
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0745692478
  • Total of Pages : 392
  • Category : Philosophy
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The surviving correspondence between Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno. This is the first time all of the surviving correspondence between Adorno and Benjamin has appeared in English. Provides a key to the personalities and projects of these two major intellectual figures. Offers a compelling insight into the cultural politics of the period, at a time of social and political upheaval. An invaluable resource for all students of the work of Adorno and especially of Benjamin, extensively annotated and cross-referenced.

Correspondence 1943-1955

By Theodor W. Adorno,Thomas Mann
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0745695019
  • Total of Pages : 144
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In December 1945 Thomas Mann wrote a famous letter to Adorno in which he formulated the principle of montage adopted in his novel Doctor Faustus. The writer expressly invited the philosopher to consider, with me, how such a work and I mean Leverkhns work could more or less be practically realized. Their close collaboration on questions concerning the character of the fictional composers putatively late works (Adorno produced specific sketches which are included as an appendix to the present volume) effectively laid the basis for a further exchange of letters. The ensuing correspondence between the two men documents a rare encounter of creative tension between literary tradition and aesthetic modernism which would be sustained right up until the novelists death in 1955. In the letters, Thomas Mann openly acknowledged his fascinated reading of Adornos Minima Moralia and commented in detail on the Essay on Wagner, which he was as eager to read as the one in the Book of Revelation consumes a book which tastes as sweet as honey. Adorno in turn offered detailed observations upon and frequently enthusiastic commendations of Manns later writings, such as The Holy Sinner, The Betrayed One and The Confessions of Felix Krull. Their correspondence also touches upon issues of great personal significance, notably the sensitive discussion of the problems of returning from exile to postwar Germany. The letters are extensively annotated and offer the reader detailed notes concerning the writings, events and personalities referred or alluded to in the correspondence.

Beethoven

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0745694292
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Social Science
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Beethoven is a classic study of the composer's music, written by one of the most important thinkers of our time. Throughout his life, Adorno wrote extensive notes, essay fragments and aides-memoires on the subject of Beethoven's music. This book brings together all of Beethoven's music in relation to the society in which he lived. Adorno identifies three periods in Beethoven's work, arguing that the thematic unity of the first and second periods begins to break down in the third. Adorno follows this progressive disintegration of organic unity in the classical music of Beethoven and his contemporaries, linking it with the rationality and monopolistic nature of modern society. Beethoven will be welcomed by students and researchers in a wide range of disciplines - philosophy, sociology, music and history - and by anyone interested in the life of the composer.

Correspondence 1925-1935

By Theodor W. Adorno,Alban Berg
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0745694969
  • Total of Pages : 168
  • Category : Philosophy
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Adorno was twenty-one years old when he traveled to Vienna in March 1925 to study musical composition with Alban Berg. Twenty years later, Adorno wrote: "how much of my writing will remain is beyond my knowledge or my control, but there is one claim I wish to stake: that I understand the language of birds," It was no less than the desire to learn to speak this language that drew him to Berg. Adorno already knew what he wanted to drew to compose before he went to Berg, and the aim of his stay in Vienna and the following years was to learn to put this knowledge of musical composition into practice. His correspondence with Berg, who was soon to be world famous, is partly defined by his engagement with the compositional problems posed for the musical avant-garde by Schoenberg’s discovery of the twelve-tone technique, for which Adorno was to become an advocate, not least in Vienna and through Berg. This correspondence documents how he wrote numerous essays on Berg, Webern and Schoenberg during this time, and tried in vain to establish a platform for the Second Viennese School against "moderated modernity" in the journal Anbruch, where he exerted considerable editorial influence. It also shows how much Adorno – continually admonished by Berg to focus only on his musical composition – strove to reconcile his academic duties and his literary and journalistic work with the constant which to do nothing more than compose.

The New Music

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1509538097
  • Total of Pages : 500
  • Category : Philosophy
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A year after the end of the Second World War, the first International Summer Course for New Music took place in the Kranichstein Hunting Lodge, near the city of Darmstadt in Germany. The course, commonly referred to later as the Darmstadt course, was intended to familiarize young composers and musicians with the music that, only a few years earlier, had been denounced as degenerate by the Nazi regime, and it soon developed into one of the most important events in contemporary music. Having returned to Germany in 1949 from exile in the United States, Adorno was a regular participant at Darmstadt from 1950 on. In 1955 he gave a series of lectures on the young Schoenberg, using the latter’s work to illustrate the relation between tradition and the avant-garde. Adorno’s three double-length lectures on the young Schoenberg, in which he spoke as a passionate advocate for the composer whom Boulez had declared dead, were his first at Darmstadt to be recorded on tape. The relation between tradition and the avant-garde was the leitmotif of the lectures that followed, which continued over the next decade. Adorno also dealt in detail with problems of composition in contemporary music, and he often accompanied his lectures with off-the-cuff musical improvisations. The five lecture courses he gave at Darmstadt between 1955 and 1966 were all recorded and subsequently transcribed, and they are published here for the first time in English. This volume is a unique document on the theory and history of the New Music. It will be of great value to anyone interested in the work of Adorno and critical theory, in German intellectual and cultural history, and in the history of modern music.

Towards a Theory of Musical Reproduction

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Book Code : 0745694527
  • Total of Pages : 304
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At the beginning of his career in the 1920s, Adorno sketched a plan to write a major work on the theory of musical reproduction, a task he returned to time and again throughout his career but never completed. The choice of the word reproduction as opposed to interpretation indicates a primary supposition: that there is a clearly defined musical text whose precision exceeds what is visible on the page, and that the performer has the responsibility to reproduce it as accurately as possible, beyond simply playing what is written. This task, according to Adorno, requires a detailed understanding of all musical parameters in their historical context, and his reflections upon this task lead to a fundamental study of the nature of notation and musical sense. In the various notes and texts brought together in Towards a Theory of Musical Reproduction, one finds Adorno constantly circling around an irresolvable paradox: interpretation can only fail the work, yet only through it can musics true essence be captured. While he at times seems more definite in his pronouncement of a musical scores absolute value just as a book is read silently, not aloud his discourse repeatedly displays his inability to cling to that belief. It is this quality of uncertainty in his reflections that truly indicates the scope of the discourse and its continuing relevance to musical thought and practice today.

Theodor Adorno

By Deborah Cook
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317492986
  • Total of Pages : 224
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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.

Lectures on Negative Dialectics

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0745694578
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Philosophy
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This volume comprises one of the key lecture courses leading up to the publication in 1966 of Adorno's major work, Negative Dialectics. These lectures focus on developing the concepts critical to the introductory section of that book. They show Adorno as an embattled philosopher defining his own methodology among the prevailing trends of the time. As a critical theorist, he repudiated the worn-out Marxist stereotypes still dominant in the Soviet bloc – he specifically addresses his remarks to students who had escaped from the East in the period leading up to the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961. Influenced as he was by the empirical schools of thought he had encountered in the United States, he nevertheless continued to resist what he saw as their surrender to scientific and mathematical abstraction. However, their influence was potent enough to prevent him from reverting to the traditional idealisms still prevalent in Germany, or to their latest manifestations in the shape of the new ontology of Heidegger and his disciples. Instead, he attempts to define, perhaps more simply and fully than in the final published version, a ‘negative', i.e. critical, approach to philosophy. Permeating the whole book is Adorno’s sense of the overwhelming power of totalizing, dominating systems in the post-Auschwitz world. Intellectual negativity, therefore, commits him to the stubborn defence of individuals – both facts and people – who stubbornly refuse to become integrated into ‘the administered world’. These lectures reveal Adorno to be a lively and engaging lecturer. He makes serious demands on his listeners but always manages to enliven his arguments with observations on philosophers and writers such as Proust and Brecht and comments on current events. Heavy intellectual artillery is combined with a concern for his students’ progress.

Theodor W. Adorno: Ästhetische Theorie

By Anne Eusterschulte,Sebastian Tränkle
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Book Code : 3110672197
  • Total of Pages : 314
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Theodor W. Adornos posthum veröffentlichte Ästhetische Theorie exponiert die Krise der Kunst im Zeitalter ihrer gesellschaftlichen Integration. Gesättigt mit der Erfahrung konkreter Kunstwerke, hinterfragt sie das tradierte Kategoriensystem philosophischer Ästhetik. Der vorliegende Band unternimmt erstmals eine kommentierende Auslegung, um den dichten Text aufzuschließen und ein Weiterdenken von Adornos kritischer Ästhetik anzuregen.

Current of Music

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0745694632
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Music
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Fleeing the Nazis, Theodor W. Adorno lived in New York City as a refugee from 1938 until 1941. During these years, he was intensively involved in a study of how the recently developed techniques for the nation-wide transmission of music over radio were transforming the perception of music itself. This broad ranging radio research was conceived as nothing less than an investigation, partly empirical, of Walter Benjamin's speculative claims for the emancipatory potential of art in the age of its mechanical reproduction. The results of Adorno's project set him decisively at odds with Benjamin's theses and at the same time became the body of thinking that formed the basis for Adornos own aesthetics in his Philosophy of New Music. Current of Music is the title that Adorno himself gave to this research project. For complex reasons, however, Adorno was not able to bring the several thousands of pages of this massive study, most of it written in English, to a final form prior to leaving New York for California, where he would immediately begin work with Max Horkheimer on the Dialectic of Enlightenment. Robert Hullot-Kentor, the distinguished Adorno scholar, reconstructed Adorno's project for the Adorno Archive in Germany and provides a lengthy and informative introduction to the fragmentary texts collected in this volume. Current of Music will be widely discussed for the light it throws on the development of Adorno's thought, on his complex relationship with Walter Benjamin, but most of all for the important perspectives it provides on questions of popular culture, the music of industrial entertainment, the history of radio and the social dimensions of the reproduction of art.

Miscelánea I

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Publisher : Ediciones AKAL
  • Book Code : 8446041081
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Philosophy
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El primer volumen de la Miscelánea de Adorno incluye textos sobre "Teoría y teóricos", con artículos sobre Spengler, Husserl, Horkheimer, Lukács, Benjamin y Marcuse, entre otros, además de reseñas firmadas por Adorno sobre obras filosóficas contemporáneas, y "Sociedad, enseñanza y política", con textos sobre diversos temas, desde la democratización de la universidad alemana hasta los movimientos de protesta. Una edición exquisitamente cuidada, perteneciente a la Obra Completa publicada por Akal.

The Jargon of Authenticity

By Theodor Adorno
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134438389
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Social Science
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Theodor Adorno was no stranger to controversy. In The Jargon of Authenticity he gives full expression to his hostility to the language employed by certain existentialist thinkers such as Martin Heidegger. With his customary alertness to the uses and abuses of language, he calls into question the jargon, or 'aura', as his colleague Walter Benjamin described it, which clouded existentialists' thought. He argued that its use undermined the very message for meaning and liberation that it sought to make authentic. Moreover, such language - claiming to address the issue of freedom - signally failed to reveal the lack of freedom inherent in the capitalist context in which it was written. Instead, along with the jargon of the advertising jingle, it attributed value to the satisfaction of immediate desire. Alerting his readers to the connection between ideology and language, Adorno's frank and open challenge to directness, and the avoidance of language that 'gives itself over either to the market, to balderdash, or to the predominating vulgarity', is as timely today as it ever has been.

Adorno

By Brian O'Connor
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134210310
  • Total of Pages : 240
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Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) was one of the foremost philosophers and social theorists of the post-war period. Crucial to the development of Critical Theory, his highly original and distinctive but often difficult writings not only advance questions of fundamental philosophical significance, but provide deep-reaching analyses of literature, art, music sociology and political theory. In this comprehensive introduction, Brian O’Connor explains Adorno’s philosophy for those coming to his work for the first time, through original new lines of interpretation. Beginning with an overview of Adorno’s life and key philosophical views and influences, which contextualizes the intellectual environment in which he worked, O’Connor assesses the central elements of Adorno’s philosophy. He carefully examines Adorno’s distinctive style of analysis and shows how much of his work is a critical response to the various forms of identity thinking that have underpinned the destructive forces of modernity. He goes on to discuss the main areas of Adorno’s philosophy: social theory, the philosophy of experience, metaphysics, morality and aesthetics; setting out detailed accounts of Adorno’s notions of the dialectic of Enlightenment, reification, totality, mediation, identity, nonidentity, experience, negative dialectics, immanence, freedom, autonomy, imitation and autonomy in art. The final chapter considers Adorno’s philosophical legacy and importance today. Including a chronology, glossary, chapter summaries, and suggestions for further reading, Adorno is an ideal introduction to this demanding but important thinker, and essential reading for students of philosophy, literature, sociology and cultural studies.

Den nya högerradikalismen

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Total of Pages : 56
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Den 6 april 1967 gästar Theodor W Adorno Wiens universitet, på inbjudan av Österrikes socialistiska studentförbund, för att hålla föreläsningen Aspekte des neuen Rechtsradikalismus . Mot bakgrund av det nynazistiska partiet NPD:s framgångar efter grundandet 1964 analyserar Adorno den nya högerradikalismen och dess mål, medel och strategier. Han gör jämförelser med äldre nazi-fascism och söker särskilt efter orsakerna till den högerextrema rörelsens popularitet i Västtyskland, bara tjugo år efter krigsslutet. Föreläsningen har aldrig förlorat sin aktualitet och ett halvsekel senare är den möjligen mer angelägen än någonsin. Theodor W Adorno (1903–1969) är en av 1900-talets mest inflytelserika tänkare, vars verk har haft avgörande betydelse inom filosofi och sociologi, men också och kanske än mer banbrytande för den moderna förståelsen av estetik och samhälle. Hans föreläsning från 1967 presenteras nu för första gången i bokform.

Correspondencia 1928-1940

By Theodor W. Adorno,Walter Benjamin
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  • Publisher : CANOPUS EDITORIAL DIGITAL SA
  • Book Code : 9877122251
  • Total of Pages : 472
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 814
  • Pdf File: correspondencia-1928-1940.pdf

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"En las condiciones en que fueron escritas, las cartas son documentos de la incertidumbre. Y su sentido completo se alcanza solo prospectivamente. Los lectores terminamos de conocer el significado de una angustia, de una carencia, de una solicitud, porque, décadas después, sabemos que no fueron atendidas o no obtuvieron la respuesta deseada." Beatriz Sarlo, del epílogo del libro "La correspondencia entre Theodor Adorno y Walter Benjamin es una correspondencia histórica. ¿Qué quiere decir esto? Hay aquí guardados varios tesoros para las generaciones que los sucedieron y las que nos sucederán. Al menos dos largos pasajes –agudas cartas de preguntas y respuestas– contienen claves para comprender problemas centrales de la filosofía y la filología. Pero esta apreciación podría extenderse a casi todas sus páginas. Estos intercambios han sido reproducidos y diseccionados por comentaristas, por polemistas, por adoradores. Es histórica, además, porque aquí está retratada esa etapa crucial de la era de las catástrofes que fue la primera mitad del siglo xx en Europa. Y sin embargo, como escribe Beatriz Sarlo en el epílogo que acompaña esta publicación, esta correspondencia única está fuera de la sucesión, pertenece a un tiempo del ahora que constantemente repone su actualidad. Es contemporánea en ese modo especial de lo clásico. Discusiones teóricas y vicisitudes personales, que en buena parte son retrato de toda una época, quedan delineadas en estos intercambios que demuestran, una vez más, la trama de contactos humanos, disputas e ilusiones que hacen a la “persistencia del pensamiento”. Esa persistencia fue construida por estos autores a fuerza de escritura, y esa fuerza ha dejado su huella, esmerada, en cada línea de este libro." Mariana Dimópulos

Max Horkheimer/Theodor W. Adorno: Dialektik der Aufklärung

By Gunnar Hindrichs
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Book Code : 3110448882
  • Total of Pages : 222
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 325
  • Pdf File: max-horkheimer-theodor-w-adorno.pdf

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Horkheimer/Adornos im kalifornischen Exil verfasste Dialektik der Aufklärung untersucht das Scheitern menschlicher Befreiung und die Errichtung neuer Herrschaftsformen. Obgleich ein Schlüsseltext der philosophischen Zeitdiagnose, gab es bislang keinen Kommentar zu ihr. Der hier vorgelegte kooperative Kommentar geht der Dialektik der Aufklärung in zwei Durchgängen nach. Ein erster Durchgang kommentiert die einzelnen Abschnitte des Buches; ein zweiter Durchgang verfolgt Koordinaten seines theoretischen Horizonts (Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Freud). Abschließend gelangt die Wirkungsgeschichte des Textes zur Darstellung. Ein Gravitationstext der kritischen Theorie unserer Zeit findet damit erstmals eine kommentierende Auslegung.

Miscelánea II

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Publisher : Ediciones AKAL
  • Book Code : 8446041030
  • Total of Pages : 496
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 722
  • Pdf File: miscelánea-ii.pdf

Book Short Summary:

El presente es el segundo volumen de la Miscelánea de Adorno, que continúa la recopilación de artículos que ya hiciera en el primero. En esta ocasión ofrece ensayos sobre autores como Heine, Hermann Grab o Thomas Mann y recupera la cuestión del espíritu alemán y el nacismo retomando los escritos con Horkheimer sobre Dialéctica de la Ilustración. Igualmente, se recogen textos en los que el filósofo reflexiona sobre los más variados temas como habitualmente hace en sus obras (música, literatura, estudios sociológicos, educación...). Una edición exquisitamente cuidada, perteneciente a la Obra completa publicada por Akal.

Kierkegaard's Writings, VII, Volume 7

By Søren Kierkegaard
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Book Code : 140084696X
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 457
  • Pdf File: kierkegaard-s-writings-vii-volume-7.pdf

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This volume contains a new translation, with a historical introduction by the translators, of two works written under the pseudonym Johannes Climacus. Through Climacus, Kierkegaard contrasts the paradoxes of Christianity with Greek and modern philosophical thinking. In Philosophical Fragments he begins with Greek Platonic philosophy, exploring the implications of venturing beyond the Socratic understanding of truth acquired through recollection to the Christian experience of acquiring truth through grace. Published in 1844 and not originally planned to appear under the pseudonym Climacus, the book varies in tone and substance from the other works so attributed, but it is dialectically related to them, as well as to the other pseudonymous writings. The central issue of Johannes Climacus is doubt. Probably written between November 1842 and April 1843 but unfinished and published only posthumously, this book was described by Kierkegaard as an attack on modern speculative philosophy by "means of the melancholy irony, which did not consist in any single utterance on the part of Johannes Climacus but in his whole life. . . . Johannes does what we are told to do--he actually doubts everything--he suffers through all the pain of doing that, becomes cunning, almost acquires a bad conscience. When he has gone as far in that direction as he can go and wants to come back, he cannot do so. . . . Now he despairs, his life is wasted, his youth is spent in these deliberations. Life does not acquire any meaning for him, and all this is the fault of philosophy." A note by Kierkegaard suggests how he might have finished the work: "Doubt is conquered not by the system but by faith, just as it is faith that has brought doubt into the world!."

Sueños

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Publisher : Ediciones AKAL
  • Book Code : 8446040255
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 291
  • Pdf File: sueños.pdf

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A comienzos de enero de 1956, Adorno anotó dos reflexiones sobre los sueños que demuestran el especial interés que tenía al respecto: «Ciertas experiencias oníricas me permiten suponer que el individuo vive su propia muerte como catástrofe cósmica». Y: «Nuestros sueños no sólo están vinculados entre sí en cuanto “nuestros”, sino que forman también un continuo, pertenecen a un mundo unitario, lo mismo, por ejemplo, que todos los relatos de Kafka transcurren en “lo mismo”. Pero cuanto más estrechamente conectados entre sí están los sueños o se repiten, tanto más grande es el peligro de que ya no podamos distinguirlos de la realidad». El reconocimiento de la importancia de la conexión motívica de sus sueños le sugirió la idea de escoger algunos de ellos para su publicación. Esta selección no apareció en vida de Adorno, y Rolf Tiedemann la incorporó al vigésimo volumen de las Obras completas. No obstante, a la gran cantidad de sueños conservados en cuadernos de notas hay que unir los recogidos en un fajo transcrito por Gretel con fidelidad de diplomático. El presente volumen viene, pues, a completar los sueños publicados con las transcripciones conservadas en soporte mecanográfico.

Apparitions

By Berthold Hoeckner
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135577722
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 656
  • Pdf File: apparitions.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Apparitions takes a new look at the critical legacy of one of the 20th century's most important and influential thinkers about music, Theodor W. Adorno. Bringing together an international group of scholars, the book offers new historical and critical insights into Adorno's theories of music and how these theories, in turn, have affected the study of contemporary art music, popular music, and jazz.

Wie weiter mit Theodor W. Adorno?

By Wolfgang Bonß
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  • Publisher : Hamburger Edition HIS
  • Book Code : 3868546820
  • Total of Pages : 66
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 881
  • Pdf File: wie-weiter-mit-theodor-w-adorno.pdf

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Unter der Fragestellung "Wie weiter mit ...?" werden die Werke von acht der wichtigsten Geistes- und Gesellschaftswissenschaftler des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts neu und wieder gelesen. Können, sollen oder müssen wir deren Blick auf soziale Fragen und Probleme heute noch teilen? Das Werk von Theodor W. Adorno scheint auf den ersten Blick – schon aus sprachlichen Gründen – hoffnungslos veraltet zu sein. Unter dem Gesichtspunkt seiner gesellschaftstheoretischen Aktualität jedoch greift Wolfgang Bonß zwei Aspekte des Adornoschen Werkes heraus, die ein "weiter mit" interessant erscheinen lassen: Adornos spezifisch "modernen" methodologischen Ansatz und sein Konzept der Gesellschaft. Bonß verknüpft damit die Frage sowohl nach den Grenzen der vollständigen Integration als auch der "Individualisierung".

The Stars Down to Earth

By Theodor Adorno
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 113448870X
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 895
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The Stars Down to Earth shows us a stunningly prescient Adorno. Haunted by the ugly side of American culture industries he used the different angles provided by each of these three essays to showcase the dangers inherent in modern obsessions with consumption. He engages with some of his most enduring themes in this seminal collection, focussing on the irrational in mass culture - from astrology to new age cults, from anti-semitism to the power of neo-fascist propaganda. He points out that the modern state and market forces serve the interest of capital in its basic form. Stephan Crook's introduction grounds Adorno's arguments firmly in the present where extreme religious and political organizations are commonplace - so commonplace in fact that often we deem them unworthy of our attention. Half a century ago Theodore Adorno not only recognised the dangers, but proclaimed them loudly. We did not listen then. Maybe it is not too late to listen now.

Disonancias. Introducción a la sociología de la música

By Theodor W. Adorno
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  • Publisher : Ediciones AKAL
  • Book Code : 8446046660
  • Total of Pages : 446
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 942
  • Pdf File: disonancias-introducción-a-la-sociología-de-la-música.pdf

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En “Disonancias” e “Introducción a la sociología de la música” Adorno expone sus consideraciones sociológico-musicales sobre las que desarrolló su filosofía sobre la nueva música. En ambos escritos, el filósofo expone su visión sobre las transformaciones sufridas por la música ante la pujanza de la sociedad industrial y de masas, así como la posición que debe adoptar el músico ante tales cambios.