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One of the most influential philosophers and cultural theorists of the twentieth century, Theodor Adorno poses a considerable challenge to students. His works can often seem obscure and impenetrable, particularly for those with little knowledge of the philosophical traditions on which he draws. Adorno: A Guide for the Perplexed is an engaging and accessible account of his thought that does not patronise or short-change the reader. Those new to Adorno - and those who have struggled to make headway with his work - will find this an invaluable resource: clearly written, comprehensive and specifically focused on just what makes Adorno difficult to read and understand.
1. Against Authenticity Weimar Years In America Adorno's Cultural Criticism Return Aftermath
2. Art and Culture Adorno and Popular Music The Aesthetics of Music Modernism or avant-garde?
History and Truth-Content The Culture Industry Aesthetic theory and ideology-critique
3. Freedom and Society Wrong Life: Adorno's Minima Moralia Adorno and Kant Freedom and Society Dialectic of Enlightenment The morality of thinking Living with Guilt
4. Philosophy and History Writing the Disaster Crisis of Reason Against Historicism The task of philosophy Adorno & Marxism Conclusion Notes Further Reading Bibliography Index.