Theodor W. Adorno

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Edited by: Gerard Delanty

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2004 |
    • Online Publication Date: April 03, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446263631 |
    • Print ISBN: 9780761943648 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446263631 |
    • Series: SAGE Masters of Modern Social Thought |
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Theodor W. Adorno was one of the towering intellectuals of the twentieth century. His contributions cover such a myriad of fields, including the sociology of culture, social theory, the philosophy of music, ethics, art and aesthetics, film, ideology, the critique of modernity and musical composition, that it is difficult to assimilate the sheer range and profundity of his achievement. His celebrated friendship with Walter Benjamin has produced some of the most moving and insightful correspondence on the origins and objects of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory.

This unprecedented collection, devised and assembled by one of Europe's rising social theorists, distills the best from published assessments and responses to Adorno's oeuvre. The collection is divided into 4 volumes:

Volume 1: Philosophy, Ethics and Critical Theory

Part 1: Negative ...

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    Theodor W. Adorno [19031969] was one of the major thinkers of the twentieth century and one of the most important figures in the history of German philosophy. A pivotal figure in western Marxism, he was the key figure in the Frankfurt School. His numerous works have shaped the movement known as critical theory which brought together the previously separated disciplines of sociology, psychology and philosophy and has influenced decades of social research. Adorno has exerted continued interest and fascination. The significance of his often opaque writings has constantly been debated in schools of thought as diverse as Marxism and postmodernism. Several of his works, especially the seminal Aesthetic Theory, Negative Dialectics, Dialectic of Enlightenment and Minima Moralia are undisputed classics in modern ...

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