By Brian O’Connor
Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) was once one of many most efficient philosophers and social theorists of the post-war interval. the most important to the advance of serious concept, his hugely unique and designated yet frequently tough writings not just boost questions of basic philosophical value, yet offer deep-reaching analyses of literature, artwork, track sociology and political theory.
In this finished creation, Brian O’Connor explains Adorno’s philosophy for these coming to his paintings for the 1st time, via unique new strains of interpretation. starting with an outline of Adorno’s lifestyles and key philosophical perspectives and affects, which contextualizes the highbrow setting within which he labored, O’Connor assesses the primary components of Adorno’s philosophy.
He conscientiously examines Adorno’s distinct form of research and exhibits how a lot of his paintings is a serious reaction to many of the varieties of id pondering that experience underpinned the damaging forces of modernity. He is going directly to speak about the most parts of Adorno’s philosophy: social concept, the philosophy of expertise, metaphysics, morality and aesthetics; commencing distinctive debts of Adorno’s notions of the dialectic of Enlightenment, reification, totality, mediation, identification, nonidentity, event, adverse dialectics, immanence, freedom, autonomy, imitation and autonomy in artwork. the ultimate bankruptcy considers Adorno’s philosophical legacy and significance today.
Including a chronology, word list, bankruptcy summaries, and proposals for additional studying, Adorno is a perfect creation to this hard yet very important philosopher, and crucial studying for college students of philosophy, literature, sociology and cultural studies.
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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. As Adorno, near the very end of his life, noted of this philosophical process: … from my theorem that there is no philosophical ﬁrst principle, it now also results that one cannot build an argumentative structure that follows the usual progressive succession of steps, but rather that one must assemble the whole out of a series of partial complexes that are, so to speak, of equal weight and concentrically arranged all on the same level.
If it were, it would be superﬂuous; the fact that most of it can be reported speaks against it’ (ND 34–35, translation modiﬁed). The very process through which Adorno’s philosophy unfolds – the philosophical disposition that inhabits its use of concepts – cannot be translated. Furthermore, oﬀering an account or report of Adorno’s philosophy involves re-presenting it in ways that Adorno himself deliberately avoided. The interpreter in trying to elucidate Adorno’s diﬃcult thought threatens to undermine it by looking for an implicit or underlying system that it does not possess.
Were interpretation of social phenomena to be pursued in this way no conclusions could be drawn in advance. Phenomena would be taken not under imposed ‘catalogues of hypotheses or schemata’ but in accordance with their individuality and the particular way in which they take on the determinations of the totality. Adorno’s project is not precisely to show simply that there is a social totality but that there is a social totality the inﬂuence of which marks its multifarious moments. Interpretation should uncover the character of this inﬂuence.