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Theodor Adorno: A Very Short Introduction

Andrew Bowie

May 2022

ISBN: 9780198833864

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

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Adorno was a German philosopher, and social and cultural theorist whose work is seen as increasingly relevant to understanding the pathologies of contemporary society. This book considers his life and work, from the philosophical tradition he worked from to his explorations of reason and social theory, and critical assessments of modern culture.

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Adorno was a German philosopher, and social and cultural theorist whose work is seen as increasingly relevant to understanding the pathologies of contemporary society. This book considers his life and work, from the philosophical tradition he worked from to his explorations of reason and social theory, and critical assessments of modern culture.

  • Gives an accessible account of the central ideas of T.W. Adorno
  • Views Adorno in the light of major issues in contemporary politics and culture, such as the revival of fascism and the climate crisis
  • Explains key philosophical concepts and the philosophical background and historical context of Adorno's thinking
  • Assesses Adorno's controversial views on jazz, avant-garde art and popular culture
  • Analyses Adorno's accounts of the genesis of social delusions involved in antisemitism and other social pathologies
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Andrew Bowie, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and German, Royal Holloway University of London

<b>Andrew Bowie</b> is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and German, Royal Holloway University of London. He has published very widely on Philosophy, and musical and literary topics, including German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (2010); Philosophical Variations: Music as Philosophical Language (2010); and Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy (2013).

Table of Contents

    1:Life and times
    2:The modern subject
    3:Nature and history
    4:History and freedom
    5:The culture industry
    6:Society
    7:Art and philosophy
    8:Doing justice to things
    References
    Further reading
    Index