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Theodor W. Adorno

Four Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Gerard Delanty - University of Liverpool, UK, University of Sussex, UK

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Social Theory

March 2004 | 1 664 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 Dialectics

Included here are contributions on the concept of totality in the writings of Adorno and Lukacs; Adorno and Bourgeois Philosophy; the relationship between Adorno and Kierkegaard; Adorno's Critique of Idealism; Adorno and Linguistics; Adono and Habermas.

Part 2: Ethics and Redemption

This is comprised of contributions on Adorno and Truth; Adorno's Inverse Theology; and Adorno and the Ineffable

Part 3: Critical Theory, Ideology Critique and Social Science

Included here are contributions on Adorno's relation to the Positivist Dispute; the Popper-Adorno Controversy; Adorno and Empirical Research; and Hermeneutics and Critical Theory.

Volume 2: Aesthetic Theory

Part 1: Art and Politics in 'Aesthetic Theory'

This includes material on the De-Aestheticization of Art; Adorno, Utopia and Mimesis; Adorno and autonomous art; Adorno and Dialectics; Adorno, Marxism and Art; Art and Criticism in Adorno's Aesthetics; Adorno's concept of the Avant-Garde.

Part 2: Philosophy of Music

This includes contributions on Adorno's music and social criticism; Adorno and nostalgia; Adorno, Heidegger and the meaning of music; Adorno and Wagner.

Part 3: On Jazz

The material included here addresses questions of Adorno and Popular Music; Adorno's encounter with jazz; Adorno, Jazz and Society; and the reasons for Adorno's apparent hatred of jazz.

Volume 3: Social Theory & The Critique of Modernity

Part 1: On 'The Dialectic of Enlightenment'

Included here are chapters on the dialectic of enlightenment and post-functionalist thought; dialectic of enlightenment as genealogy critique; the relationship between the dialectic of enlightenment, modernity and postmodernity; Adorno's critique of progress; Adorno and theories of subjectivity; and the dialectic of enlightenment and rationality.

Part 2: Anti-Semitism

This consists of material on Adorno and Horkheimer; and Adorno and Public Sphere

Part 3: Popular Culture and Capitalism

Included here are contributions on Adorno and Sport; Adorno's alleged left-wing elitism; Adorno's critique of astrology and the Occult; Benjamin and Adorno on Disney; Adorno, Totalitarianism and the Welfare State; and Adorno and Mass Society.

Volume 4: Cultural Theory and the Postmodern Challenge

Part 1: 'Damaged Life': Exile in America

This section includes Leo Lowenthal's insightful recollections of Adorno; Adorno and the primal history of subjectivity; Adorno and Los Angeles; Adorno's relation to American culture; and Adorno's exile in England.

Part 2: Film Theory

This section includes chapters on Adorno and the Culture Industry; Benjamin, Adorno and Contemporary Film Theory; Adorno, Aesthetics and the Social.

Part 3: Wellmer and Adorno

Included here are papers on Aesthetic, Psychic and Social Synthesis in Adorno and Wellmer; and New German Aesthetic Theory after Adorno.

Part 4: Jameson on Adorno

Included here are papers on Jameson, Adorno and the persistence of the Utopian; and a Marxism for Postmodernism

Part 5: Modernism and Postmodernism

This section contains papers on Adorno, Foucault and the Modern Intellectual; Adorno, Foucault and Two forms of the Critique of Modernity; Adorno and the Habermas-Lyotard Debate; Adorno, Postmodernism and Edward Said; Adorno, Heidegger and Postmodernism; Adorno and the Decline of the Modern Age; The literary process of modernism; Adorno, Tradition and the Postmodern

Part 5: The Feminist Response

Included here are contributions on Adorno and Judith Butler; Adorno, Art Theory and Feminist Practice; and Gender in the writings of Adorno and Horkheimer.

The collection comes with a superb Introduction to Adorno by Gerard Delanty which elucidates the main contributions of this penetrating and enduring thinker.

Comprehensive and consistently illuminating, the collection includes the thought on Adorno from some of the most distinguished commentators on social theory. Included here are selections from the writings of Susan Buck-Morss, Martin Jay, Agnes Heller; David Frisby; Johann Arnason; Richard Wolin; Andrew Bowie; Robert Hulnot-Kentor; Leo Lowenthal; Richard Rorty Axel Honneth; Albrecht Wellmer; and Jurgen Habermas.

The result is a peerless research resource allowing readers to delve into all aspects of Adorno's extraordinary accomplishments in social thought, philosophy and cultural criticism. It will be required reading for students of the Frankfurt School, Marxism, Critical Theory, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics and Social Theory.

 
VOLUME ONE: PHILOSOPHY, ETHICS AND CRITICAL THEORY
Gerard Delanty
Introduction
 
PART ONE: NEGATIVE DIALECTICS
Martin Jay
The Concept of Totality in Lukacs and Adorno
Susan Buck-Morss
T W Adorno and the Dilemmas of Bourgeois Philosophy
David Sherman
Adorno's Kierkegaardian Debt
Espen Hammer
Minding the World
Adorno's Critique of Idealism  
Stale Finke
Concepts and Intuitions
Adorno after the Linguistic Turn  
Deborah Cook
Adorno and Habermas on the Human Condition
 
PART TWO: ETHICS AND REDEMPTION
David Kaufmann
Correlations, Constellations and the Truth
Elizabeth A Pritchard
`Bilderverbot' Meets Body in Theodor W Adorno's Inverse Theology
James Gordon Finlason
Adorno on the Ethical and the Ineffable
 
PART THREE: CRITICAL THEORY, IDEOLOGY CRITIQUE AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
Agnes Heller
The Positivist Dispute as a Turning Point in German Post-War Theory
David Frisby
The Popper-Adorno Controversy
The Methodological Dispute in German Sociology  
Leon Goldstein
To Question Foundations
David E Morrison
Kultur and Culture
The Case of Theodor W Adorno and Paul F Lazarsfeld  
Ryan Drake
Objectivity and Insecurity
Adorno and Empirical Social Research  
Helmut Dubiel
Farewell to Critical Theory?
Johann Arnason
Cultural Critique and Cultural Presuppositions
The Hermeneutical Undercurrent in Critical Theory  
Irving Wohifarth
Hibernation
On the Tenth Anniversary of Adorno's Death  
 
VOLUME TWO: AESTHETIC THEORY
 
PART ONE: ART AND POLITICS IN AESTHETIC THEORY
Richard Wolin
The De-Aestheticization of Art
On Adorno's Äesthetische Theorie  
Richard Wolin
Utopia, Mimesis and Reconciliation
A Redemptive Critique of Adorno's [um]Aesthetic Theory  
Peter U Hohendahl
Autonomy of Art
Looking back at Adorno's Äesthetische Theorie  
Lambert Zuidervaart
The Social Significance of Automomous Art Adorno and B[um]urger
James M Harding
Historical Dialectics and the Autonomy of Art in Adorno's [um]Aesthetische Theorie
Russell A Bernan
Adorno, Marxism and Art
Donald B Knuspit
Critical Notes on Adorno's Sociology of Music and Art
Raymond Geuss
Art and Criticism in Adorno's Aesthetics
Pauline Johnson
An Aesthetics of Negativity/An Aesthetics of Reception
Jauss's Dispute with Adorno  
Stewart Martin
Autonomy and Anti-Art
Adorno's Concept of Avant-Garde Art  
 
PART TWO: PHILOSOPHY OF MUSIC
Ronald Weitzman
An Introduction to Adorno's Music and Social Criticism
Calvin Thomas
A Knowledge That Would Not Be Power
Adorno, Nostalgia, and the Historicity of the Musical Subject  
Gyorgy Markus
Adorno's Wagner
 
PART THREE: ON JAZZ
Robert Hullot-Kentor
The Impossibility of Music: Adorno, Popular and Other Music
Ulrich Schönherr
Adorno and Jazz
Reflections on a Failed Encounter  
Theodore A Gracyk
Adorno, Jazz and the Aesthetics of Popular Music
Robert W Witkin
Why Did Adorno Hate Jazz?
Joseph D Lewandowski
Adorno on Jazz and Society
 
VOLUME THREE: SOCIAL THEORY AND THE CRITIQUE OF MODERNITY
 
PART ONE: ON THE DIALECTIC OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Robert Hullot-Kentor
Back to Adorno
Johann P Arnason
The Dialectic of Enlightenment and the Post-Functionalist Theory of Society
Roger Foster
Dialectic of Enlightenment as Genealogy Critique
Christopher Rocco
Between Modernity and Postmodernity
Reading Dialectic of Enlightenment  
Richard Rorty
The Oversimplification of Politics
Michael Löwy and Eleni Varikas
The World Spirit on the Fins of a Rocket
Adorno's Critique of Progress  
Yvonne Sherrat
The Dialectic of Enlightenment
A Contemporary Reading  
Joel Whitebook
The Urgeschichte of Subjectivity Reconsidered
Axel Honneth
The Possibility of a Disclosing Critique of Society
The Dialectic of Enlightenment in Light of Current Debates in Social Criticism  
Hauke Brunkhorst
The Enlightenment of Rationality
Remarks on Horkheimer and Adorno's Dialectic of Enlightenment  
Albrecht Wellmer
The Death of the Sirens and the Origin of the Work of Art
 
PART TWO: ANTI-SEMITISM
David Seymour
Adorno and Horkheimer
Enlightenment and Anti-Semitism  
Brett R Wheller
Anti-Semitism as Distorted Politics: Adorno on the Public Sphere
 
PART THREE: POPULAR CULTURE AND CAPITALISM
William Morgan
Adorno on Sport
The Case of the Fractured Dialectic  
Bruce Baugh
Left-Wing Elitism, Adorno on Popular Culture
Cary J Nederman and James Guilding
Popular Occultism and Critical Social Theory
Exploring Some Thems in Adorno's Critique of Astrology and the Occult  
Miriam Hansen
Of Mice and Ducks
Benjamin and Adorno on Disney  
Deborah Cook
Adorno on Late Capitalism
Totalitarianism and the Welfare State  
Deborah Cook
Adorno on Mass Society
 
VOLUME FOUR: CULTURAL THEORY AND THE POSTMODERN CHALLENGE
 
PART ONE: `DAMAGED LIFE': EXILE AND AMERICA
Leo Lowenthal
Recollections of Theodor W Adorno
J[um]urgen Habermas
Theodor Adorno
The Primal History of Subjectivity - Self-Affirmation Gone Wild  
Evelyn Wilcock
Adorno's Uncle
Dr Berhard Wingfield and the English Exile of Theodore W Adorno, 1934-8  
Nico Israel
Damage Control
Adorno, Los Angeles, and the Dislocation of Culture  
Martin Jay
Adorno in America
Peter U Hohendahl
The Displaced Intellectual? Adorno's American Years Revisited
 
PART TWO: FILM THEORY
Diane Waldman
Critical Theory and Film
Adorno and 'The Culture Industry' Revisited  
Richard W Allen
The Aesthetic Experience of Modernity: Benjamin, Adorno, and the Contemporary Film Theory
Georgina Born
Against Negation, For a Politics of Cultural Production
Adorno, Aesthetics, the Social  
 
PART THREE: WELLMER ON ADORNO
Joel Whitebook
From Schoenberg to Odysseus
Aesthetic, Psychic and Social Synthesis in Adorno and Wellmer  
Austin Harrington
New German Aesthetic Theory after Adorno
Martin Seel's Art of Diremption  
 
PART FOUR: JAMESON ON ADORNO
Peter Osborne
A Marxism for the Postmodern? Jameson's Adorno
John Pizer
Jameson's Adorno, or the Persistence of the Utopian
 
PART FIVE: MODERNISM AND POSTMODERNISM
Eduardo Delafuente
The Last of the Modernists
Adorno, Foucault and the Modern Intellectual  
Axel Honneth
Foucault and Adorno
Two Forms of the Critique of Modernity  
Shane Phelan
Interpretation and Domination
Adorno and the Habermas-Lyotard Debate  
Fred Dallmayr
The Politics of Nonidentity - Adorno, Postmodernism - and Edward Said
Hauke Brunkhorst
Adorno, Heidegger and Postmodernism
Peter B[um]urger
Adorno and the Decline of the Modern Age
Hans Robert Jauss
The Literary Process of Modernism: From Rousseau to Adorno
Ulrich Schönherr
Adorno, Tradition and the Postmodern
 
PART SIX: THE FEMINIST RESPONSE
Carie C Hull
The Need in Thinking
Materiality in T W Adorno and Judith Butler  
Amy Mullin
Adorno, Art Theory, and Feminist Practice
Heidi M Schlipphacke
A Hidden Agenda
Gender in Selected Writings by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer  

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