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By Brian O’Connor

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Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) was once one of many preferable philosophers and social theorists of the post-war interval. the most important to the advance of serious concept, his hugely unique and designated yet usually tricky writings not just develop questions of basic philosophical value, yet offer deep-reaching analyses of literature, paintings, song sociology and political theory.

In this complete creation, 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 impacts, which contextualizes the highbrow atmosphere within which he labored, O’Connor assesses the crucial components of Adorno’s philosophy.

He conscientiously examines Adorno’s specified kind of research and indicates how a lot of his paintings is a severe reaction to some of the types of identification pondering that experience underpinned the harmful forces of modernity. He is going directly to speak about the most components of Adorno’s philosophy: social conception, the philosophy of expertise, metaphysics, morality and aesthetics; starting off distinct money owed of Adorno’s notions of the dialectic of Enlightenment, reification, totality, mediation, identification, nonidentity, adventure, unfavorable 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 extra studying, Adorno is a perfect advent to this hard yet very important philosopher, and crucial analyzing for college students of philosophy, literature, sociology and cultural studies.

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S 145, my italics) An important implication of this, for Adorno, is that since mediation takes place in a totality something about the character of the ‘totality’ can be read off from phenomena which are formed within a mediated location. The specific character of the totality is imprinted on the individual thing: ‘the individual phenomenon conceals in itself the whole society … ’ (IPD 39). It is on the basis of this claim that Adorno, indebted to Benjamin, refers to the task of interpreting social facts as ‘social physiognomy’ (IPD 32, IS 48): through the right interpretation of what appears to us we can gain access to the character of those social conditions that give appearances their particular content.

This commitment guides Adorno’s own philosophical approach or style. By style I do not mean a mannerism or idiosyncrasy, but rather how Adorno, in his writings, thinks through philosophical problems. Adorno’s texts are his efforts to develop, without a system, the appropriate concepts for specific topics and to deal with them in their particularity. And his position on any given topic is the totality of those concepts. The positioning of those concepts around the matter under analysis is a ‘constellation’ of concepts which, as we have seen, Adorno adopted from Benjamin.

He questions given assumptions about the material social theorists are supposed to consider and about the variety of certainty that is possible in the interpretation of society. Social analysis proceeding without a prescribed methodology gains a freedom to engage with material in new ways. It tries to gain access to ‘unregimented experience’ (IPD 57). The methodology he vehemently opposes, positivist or empirical sociology, by contrast, is accused, among other things, of assuming that society can be made transparent by identifying and categorizing ready instances of general cases.

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