By Brian O’Connor
Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) used to be one of many most advantageous philosophers and social theorists of the post-war interval. the most important to the advance of severe concept, his hugely unique and distinct yet usually tough 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 advent, 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 valuable components of Adorno’s philosophy.
He rigorously examines Adorno’s detailed sort of research and exhibits how a lot of his paintings is a serious reaction to a number of the different types of identification considering that experience underpinned the harmful forces of modernity. He is going directly to speak about the most parts of Adorno’s philosophy: social thought, the philosophy of expertise, metaphysics, morality and aesthetics; starting up specific bills of Adorno’s notions of the dialectic of Enlightenment, reification, totality, mediation, identification, nonidentity, adventure, damaging dialectics, immanence, freedom, autonomy, imitation and autonomy in paintings. the ultimate bankruptcy considers Adorno’s philosophical legacy and significance today.
Including a chronology, word list, bankruptcy summaries, and proposals for extra examining, Adorno is a perfect advent to this difficult yet very important philosopher, and crucial interpreting for college students of philosophy, literature, sociology and cultural studies.
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This situation is one in which there is togetherness based on this Society 37 commonality of purpose. In contrast, a system, Adorno argues, actually divides individuals from each other. It divides them even as it pushes them into a common behaviour. The rule of equivalence that facilitates exchange between all human beings is also the rule that separates them. As he explains: … the totality within which we live, and which we can feel in each of our social actions, is conditioned not by a direct ‘togetherness’ encompassing us all, but by the fact that we are essentially divided from each other through the abstract relationship of exchange.
I do not assert that it is mistaken. I only assert the complete triviality of its content. (Popper 1976: 297) Society 39 Adorno is indeed committed in some way to the four claims Popper attributes to him, but there is more to his position – as we have seen – than the picture drawn by Popper leaves us with. The basis on which Adorno can be clearly separated from Popper’s incomplete characterization is that for Adorno ‘totality’ is not innocent: the forms of inﬂuence that work upon individuals, and gather them into a totality, are contrary to their deepest interests, to their freedom: ‘A liberated mankind would by no means be a totality’ (IPD 12), he writes.
Adorno’s answer is obviously in the negative. Yet must not some form of justiﬁcation be provided? Some ‘plausible reason’ oﬀered? Rejection of positivism is no licence for any alternative. e. their tendency to act under the rule of equivalence, the variety of ways in which they regulate their actions, and that the commonality of their behaviour is no coincidence or accident) as well as the socio-historical context of intellectual phenomena in general: Without the anticipation of that structural moment of the whole, which in individual observations can hardly ever be adequately realized, no individual observation would ﬁnd its relative place.
Adorno (Routledge Philosophers) by Brian O’Connor