Adorno and Existence

Author: Peter E. Gordon

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674734785

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Adorno was forever returning to the philosophies of bourgeois interiority, seeking the paradoxical relation between their manifest failure and their hidden promise. As Peter E. Gordon shows, Adorno’s writings on Kierkegaard, Husserl, and Heidegger present us with a photographic negative—a philosophical portrait of the author himself.

Sartre and Adorno

The Dialectics of Subjectivity

Author: David Sherman

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791471166

Category: Philosophy

Page: 340

View: 1251

Systematic comparison of Sartre and Adorno that focuses on their theories of the subject.

Jürgen Habermas

Eine Biographie

Author: Stefan Müller-Doohm

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518737120

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 784

View: 8571

»Jürgen Habermas«, so schrieb der US-amerikanische Philosoph Ronald Dworkin anlässlich des 80. Geburtstags des großen europäischen Denkers, »ist nicht nur der berühmteste lebende Philosoph der Welt. Sein Ruhm selbst ist berühmt.« Nach mehrjährigen Forschungen, intensiver Recherche und ausführlichen Gesprächen mit Weggefährten, Zeitzeugen sowie mit Habermas selbst legt Stefan Müller-Doohm nun die erste umfassende Biographie des bedeutendsten Intellektuellen unserer Zeit vor. Sie beleuchtet sowohl das Zusammenspiel von philosophischer Reflexion und intellektueller Intervention als auch das Wechselverhältnis von Lebens- und Werkgeschichte vor dem Hintergrund historischer Ereignisse.

Adorno and the Political

Author: Espen Hammer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317834895

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

View: 9845

Interest in Theodor W. Adorno continues to grow in the English-speaking world as the significance of his contribution to philosophy, social and cultural theory, as well as aesthetics is increasingly recognized. Espen Hammer’s lucid book is the first to properly analyze the political implications of his work, paying careful attention to Adorno’s work on key thinkers such as Kant, Hegel and Benjamin. Examining Adorno’s political experiences and assessing his engagement with Marxist as well as liberal theory, Hammer looks at the development of Adorno’s thought as he confronts Fascism and modern mass culture. He then analyzes the political dimension of his philosophical and aesthetic theorizing. By addressing Jürgen Habermas’s influential criticisms, he defends Adorno as a theorist of autonomy, responsibility and democratic plurality. He also discusses Adorno’s relevance to feminist and ecological thinking. As opposed to those who see Adorno as someone who relinquished the political, Hammer’s account shows his reflections to be, on the most fundamental level, politically motivated and deeply engaged. This invigorating exploration of a major political thinker is a useful introduction to his thought as a whole, and will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of philosophy, sociology, politics and aesthetics.


ein philosophisches Porträt

Author: Donatella Di Cesare

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161499463

Category: Philosophy

Page: 324

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English summary: Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) is one of the most representative figures of twentieth century philosophy. What is his philosophical hermeneutics really about? And how did it develop and change over the years? Donatella Di Cesare recounts the life of the Marburg philosopher and retraces all the stages of his thought, from his student days in his hometown to the dark hours of Nazism and the war years in Leipzig, from the birth of hermeneutics in Heidelberg to its success in the United States and worldwide. Gadamer's philosophy increasingly moved away from Heidegger and chose Plato's dialogue, enabling him to develop his thoughts critically. By forsaking a metaphysical foundation, which did however not mean a renunciation of universality, his philosophical hermeneutics accepts finiteness and, at the same time, is receptive to a ceaseless dialogue in the ongoing comparison with other major contemporary philosophical trends. German description: Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) gehort zu den bedeutendsten Vertretern der Philosophie des 20. Jahrhunderts. Sein Hauptwerk Wahrheit und Methode ist mittlerweile zu einem Klassiker geworden. Aber worin besteht eigentlich seine philosophische Hermeneutik? Wie entwickelt und verandert sie sich im Lauf der Jahre? Auf einfache und bundige Weise schildert Donatella Di Cesare Gadamers Leben und geht allen Etappen seines Denkens nach: von den Studienjahren in Marburg bis zur Zeit des Nationalsozialismus und den Kriegsjahren in Leipzig, von der Geburt der Hermeneutik in Heidelberg bis zum Erfolg in Amerika und in der Welt. Das Spiel der Kunst, die Wirkungsgeschichte, eine lebensnahe Ethik, die Frage nach dem Verstehen, der Horizont der Sprache, dies alles bildet den theoretischen Kern, aus dem sich eine Philosophie entwickelt, die sich immer weiter von der Heideggers entfernt und den platonischen Dialog bevorzugt, um ihre Gedanken kritisch zu entfalten. Indem sie auf jede metaphysische Letzbegrundung verzichtet, was aber keinen Verzicht auf Universalitat bedeutet, nimmt die philosophische Hermeneutik zugleich die Endlichkeit an und offnet sich zu einem unendlichen Dialog. Ihre Kontur als eine Philosophie der unendlichen Endlichkeit zeichnet sich dabei auch in der Auseinandersetzung mit den anderen zeitgenossischen Philosophien ab: mit der Ideologiekritik Habermas', dem Pragmatismus Rortys, der Dekonstruktion Derridas, dem Nihilismus Vattimos und dem Denken der Differenz. Abschliessend zeichnet die Autorin die neuesten Perspektiven einer Hermeneutik des Anderen ab.

The Cultural Studies Reader

Author: Simon During

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415137543

Category: Social Science

Page: 610

View: 6577

Written for students wanting to know how cultural studies developed, where it is now, and its future directions, this text contains essays covering major methods and theories, and takes account of changes in the field with articles on areas such as technology and science and globalization.

Passions of the Earth in Human Existence, Creativity, and Literature

Author: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401009309

Category: Philosophy

Page: 327

View: 2603

Literature reveals that the hidden strings of the human `passional soul' are the creative source of the specifically human existence. Continuing the inquiry into the `elemental passions of the soul' and the Human Creative Soul pursued in several previous volumes of this series, the present volume focuses on the `passions of the earth', bringing to light some of the primogenital existential threads of the innermost bonds of the Human Condition and mother earth. In Tymieniecka's words, the studies purpose to unravel the essential bond between the living human being and the earth - a bond that lies at the heart of our existence. A heightened awareness of this bond should enlighten our situation and help us find our existential bearings.


Konstruktion des Ästhetischen

Author: Theodor W. Adorno

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518293027

Category: Aesthetics, Modern

Page: 266

View: 6716


Adorno and Theology

Author: Christopher Craig Brittain

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567542165

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 3770

Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (1903-1969), the German sociologist and philosopher was one of the intellectual leaders of the post-war Frankfurt School. This book presents and analyzes Adorno's writings on theology and religion in a clear and accessible manner. It is targeted at upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students, and will not presuppose any familiarity with Adorno. The book includes a general introduction to Adorno's thought, and examines his relationship with the work of Walter Benjamin and Jewish theology, his confrontation with scientific positivism (Karl Popper), and his criticism of the "Culture Industry" and ideology. All of these topics are explored with attention to how they engage with contemporary debates within theology. This is accomplished by bringing Adorno's work into dialogue with major concerns and authors. The volume concludes by highlighting an often neglected aspect of Adorno's writing - his philosophy of music - and how this aesthetic appreciation of the sublime informs contemporary theological reflection.

Georg Lukacs: The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence

Aesthetics, Politics, Literature

Author: Timothy Bewes,Timothy Hall

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441187286

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 1585

The end of the Soviet period, the vast expansion in the power and influence of capital, and recent developments in social and aesthetic theory, have made the work of Hungarian Marxist philosopher and social critic Georg Lukács more vital than ever. The very innovations in literary method that, during the 80s and 90s, marginalized him in the West have now made possible new readings of Lukács, less in thrall to the positions taken by Lukács himself on political and aesthetic matters. What these developments amount to, this book argues, is an opportunity to liberate Lukács's thought from its formal and historical limitations, a possibility that was always inherent in Lukács's own thinking about the paradoxes of form. This collection brings together recent work on Lukács from the fields of Philosophy, Social and Political Thought, Literary and Cultural Studies. Against the odds, Lukács's thought has survived: as a critique of late capitalism, as a guide to the contradictions of modernity, and as a model for a temperament that refuses all accommodation with the way things are.

Theodor Adorno

Author: Ross Wilson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113411365X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

View: 6081

The range of Adorno's achievement, and the depth of his insights, is breathtaking and daunting. His work on literary, artistic, and musical forms, his devastating indictment of modern industrial society, and his profound grasp of Western culture from Homer to Hollywood have made him one of the most significant figures in twentieth-century thought. As one of the main philosophers of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, Adorno’s influence on literary theory, cultural studies, and philosophical aesthetics has been immense. His wide-ranging authorship is significant also to continental philosophy, political theory, art criticism, and musicology. Key ideas discussed in this guide include: art and aesthetics fun and free time nature and reason things, thoughts and being right This Routledge Critical Thinkers guide will equip readers with the tools required to critically interpret Adorno’s major works, whilst also introducing readers to his interpretation of classical German philosophy and his relationship to the most significant of his contemporaries.

Adorno and the Need in Thinking

New Critical Essays

Author: Donald A. Burke

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802092144

Category: Philosophy

Page: 365

View: 4729

Few intellectual figures of the twentieth century dealt with such a vast scope of subjects as Theodor Adorno (1903-1969). His insights, therefore, lend themselves to critical overview as many have cross-disciplinary relevance, appealing to scholars from a variety of backgrounds. Adorno and the Need in Thinking examines questions dealt with in the works of Adorno, offering a glimpse at the development of his complex thought. This collection of essays, though dealing with different topics from section to section, is unified by the idea that, at least in the English-speaking world, there are numerous facets of Adorno's work that have been hitherto neglected in terms of critical scholarship. Adorno and the Need in Thinking addresses these forgotten nuances, whether they apply to questions of politics, language, metaphysics, aesthetics, ecology, or several of these at once. Also included for the first time in English is Adorno's important early essay, "Theses on the Language of the Philosopher." At a time when Adorno scholarship is on the rise, this collection sheds light on new areas of critical research, adding another dimension to the existing literature on this most important intellectual.

Adorno and Heidegger

Philosophical Questions

Author: Iain Macdonald

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804756358

Category: Philosophy

Page: 221

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This collection of essays explores the conflictual history and future implications of two important traditions of twentieth-century European thought: the critical theory of Theodor W. Adorno and the ontology of Martin Heidegger.


Disenchantment and Ethics

Author: J. M. Bernstein

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521003094

Category: Philosophy

Page: 460

View: 2928

Provides the first account in any language of the ethical theory latent in Adorno's writings.

Schopenhauer and Adorno on Bodily Suffering

A Comparative Analysis

Author: M. Peters

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137412178

Category: Philosophy

Page: 279

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Schopenhauer and Adorno on Bodily Suffering explores how the works of both philosophers revolve around an entwinement of pessimism and optimism, which links statements regarding the wrongness of the world to analyses of the human capability to experience compassion with bodily suffering and to the redeeming qualities of the arts.


The Stars Down to Earth and Other Essays on the Irrational in Culture

Author: Theodor Adorno

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134845774

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 8306

A collection of key articles on the irrational in mass culture, relevant to the understanding of phenomena such as astrology and New Age cults, the power of neo-fascist propaganda and the psychological basis of popular culture, showing Theodor Adorno at his brilliant and maddening best.

Thinking Jewish Culture in America

Author: Ken Koltun-Fromm

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739174479

Category: Religion

Page: 370

View: 423

Thinking Jewish Culture in America argues that Jewish thought extends our awareness and deepens the complexity of American Jewish culture. This volume stretches the disciplinary boundaries of Jewish thought so that it can productively engage expanding arenas of culture by drawing Jewish thought into the orbit of cultural studies.

Nietzsche, Theories of Knowledge, and Critical Theory

Nietzsche and the Sciences I

Author: B.E. Babich

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 940172430X

Category: Science

Page: 348

View: 9563

Nietzsche, Theories of Knowledge, and Critical Theory, the first volume of a two-volume book collection on Nietzsche and the Sciences, ranges from reviews of Nietzsche and the wide variety of epistemic traditions - not only pre-Socratic, but Cartesian, Leibnizian, Kantian, and post-Kantian -through essays on Nietzsche's critique of knowledge via his critique of grammar and modern culture, and culminates in an extended section on the dynamic of Nietzsche's critical philosophy seen from the perspective of Habermas and critical theory. This volume features a first-time English translation of Habermas's afterword to his own German-language collection of Nietzsche's Epistemological Writings.

German Sociology: T.W. Adorno, M. Horkheimer, G. Simmel, M. Weber, and Others

Author: Uta Gerhardt

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826409591

Category: Social Science

Page: 322

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German sociology--indeed sociology as a discipline--belongs to modern times. This unusual anthology includes works by Theodor W. Adorno, Uta Gerhardt, Jnrgen Habermas, Max Horkheimer, Karl Ulrich Mayer, Georg Simmel, Roberto Michels, Max Weber, Hans Gerth, Hans Speier, Alfred Schutz, Alfred Weber, Karl Mannheim, Theodor Geiger, Ralf Dehrendorf, Rene Konig, Renate Mayntz, Reinhard Bendix, Claus Offe, and Stephan Leibfried. A substantive introductioni by Uta Gerhardt and detailed biographical sketches of the contributors will aid the general reader, student, and scholar alike.

Adorno, Habermas and the Search for a Rational Society

Author: Deborah Cook

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134312520

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

View: 7796

Theodor W. Adorno and Jnrgen Habermas both champion the goal of a rational society. However, they differ significantly about what this society should look like and how best to achieve it. Exploring the premises shared by both critical theorists, along with their profound disagreements about social conditions today, this book defends Adorno against Habermas' influential criticisms of his account of Western society and prospects for achieving reasonable conditions of human life. The book begins with an overview of these critical theories of Western society. Both Adorno and Habermas follow Georg Lukacs when they argue that domination consists in the reifying extension of a calculating, rationalizing form of thought to all areas of human life. Their views about reification are discussed in the second chapter. In chapter three the author explores their conflicting accounts of the historical emergence and development of the type of rationality now prevalent in the West. Since Adorno and Habermas claim to have a critical purchase on reified social life, the critical leverage of their theories is assessed in chapter four. The final chapter deals with their opposing views about what a rational society would look like, as well as their claims about the prospects for establishing such a society. Adorno, Habermas and the Search for a Rational Society will be essential reading for students and researchers of critical theory, political theory and the work of Adorno and Habermas.