By Brian O’Connor
Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) was once one of many most advantageous philosophers and social theorists of the post-war interval. the most important to the advance of serious concept, his hugely unique and detailed yet usually tricky writings not just enhance questions of primary philosophical importance, yet supply deep-reaching analyses of literature, paintings, song sociology and political theory.
In this accomplished 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 lifestyles and key philosophical perspectives and affects, which contextualizes the highbrow surroundings during which he labored, O’Connor assesses the significant components of Adorno’s philosophy.
He conscientiously examines Adorno’s distinct type of research and indicates how a lot of his paintings is a severe reaction to some of the different types of id pondering that experience underpinned the harmful forces of modernity. He is going directly to talk about the most parts of Adorno’s philosophy: social idea, the philosophy of expertise, metaphysics, morality and aesthetics; taking off designated bills of Adorno’s notions of the dialectic of Enlightenment, reification, totality, mediation, identification, nonidentity, event, damaging dialectics, immanence, freedom, autonomy, imitation and autonomy in paintings. the ultimate bankruptcy considers Adorno’s philosophical legacy and significance today.
Including a chronology, word list, bankruptcy summaries, and recommendations for extra examining, Adorno is a perfect creation to this tough yet very important philosopher, and crucial studying for college kids of philosophy, literature, sociology and cultural studies.
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“This long-awaited advent is a perfect start line for an individual drawn to Adorno’s wealthy and difficult 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, collage of Essex, UK
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“This booklet is a so much great addition to the Routledge Philosophers sequence. Brian O’Connor’s narrow quantity might be the main concise but wide-ranging of all introductions to Theodor W. Adorno’s (1903–1969) concept at the moment in print this present day. O’Connor’s textual content merits a place at the shelf of an individual who's attracted to the Frankfurt tuition quite often or Adorno particularly. people who are drawn to studying extra in regards to the thinker by way of the identify of Adorno will be clever to choose this publication up.” —Patrick Gamsby, Brandeis collage, USA
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Is it? I still cannot say. But what I can say is that in attempting to find out what I can say, which is not 36 HAPPINESS the same as saying what I want to say, I am finding myself drawn to speaking of happiness. But does such (happy) talk mean that the activity of critical thinking has become stilled? However, raising this question does ask me to question the presuppositions I hold concerning what it is to be critical. And perhaps such questioning is exactly what critical activity demands: to not take anything as given, to not presuppose.
And you are delighted because you are discovering that the name-giving gesture is an experiment with language. But then (it seems so sudden) the insistence comes that you begin to say something about something. And now you become the child who in encountering the world has, beyond names, something to say of it. And as you become that child, and enter the world of discourse, you are instructed that names are what you receive. Quite simply, you are to learn names and, moreover, learn that names are what are handed down to you – it is an historical transmission.
You are a free spirit, but to be as such is not simply to possess a power to be this or that; it is, rather, to be capable of your impotentiality. 28 NAMES On this morning I have been trying to find out how I can say singularity, and what has been beckoning me is the thought that singularity only appears when presupposition doesn’t hold sway. However, to say that singularity never takes place on the basis of presupposition does leave me again asking: How is singularity to appear in language when the subject–predicate relation keeps forcing me to say singularity as the presupposed subject of a predicative assertion?
Adorno (Routledge Philosophers) by Brian O’Connor