Critical Models: Interventions and Catchwords (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

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Between 1959 and his death ten years later, Adorno published fourteen paperback collections of his work, often combining revised and new essays-publications intended for an educated and politically and culturally influential audience. Two collections of those works combined in this one volume -Interventions: Nine Critical Models (1963) and Catchwords: Critical Models II (1969) -are passionate examples of Adorno's postwar commitment to unmasking the culture that engendered Nazism and its antihumanist nightmare. ...
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Between 1959 and his death ten years later, Adorno published fourteen paperback collections of his work, often combining revised and new essays-publications intended for an educated and politically and culturally influential audience. Two collections of those works combined in this one volume -Interventions: Nine Critical Models (1963) and Catchwords: Critical Models II (1969) -are passionate examples of Adorno's postwar commitment to unmasking the culture that engendered Nazism and its antihumanist nightmare. Included here are Adorno's practical recommendations for reform in primary and higher education, his explanation for the enduring therapeutic value of psychoanalysis, and his appeal to raise public awareness of "propaganda tricks" that exploit prejudice and chauvinism. The collection also includes new translations of such classic pieces as "Why Still Philosophy," "Note on the Human Sciences and Culture," and "Scientific Experiences of a European Scholar in America," a memoir of his exile in the United States.

One of the Best Nonfiction Books of 1998, Los Angeles Times Book Review / Exceptional Books of 1998 list, Library Booknotes

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Choice
Excellent and timely. . . . These analyses of ideology and public opinion focus on what resists thinking and meaning, and on what interrupts one´s everyday sense of how society functions.
Jay Bernstein
Critical Models presents Adorno at his most philosophically stunning -'Progress´ and 'On Subject and Object´ are among his finest essays -and at his topical best. Even an Adorno radio talk can be critically chilling. This volume is the ideal entry into the expanse of Adorno´s thought.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
One purpose in publishing Critical Models is to introduce a more accessible Adorno to the public. . . . In an age of cynicism and practicality, he is more essential than ever.
Martin Jay
Contrary to the caricature of Adorno as an aloof mandarin unwilling to descend into the public sphere, these essays, elegantly translated and abundantly annotated by Henry Pickford, reveal the range and power of his contributions to the fragile German democracy he helped build after returning from exile. Without sacrificing his critical rigor, Adorno shows that even the most negative of dialectics can address practical problems and provide suggestive answers.
Nation
An ably translated and meticulously documented collection of essays that offers a view of Adorno in his role as . . . public intellectual. . . . Adorno´s essays are truly urgent.
Thomas Levin
It is great news that this superb collection of Adorno´s polemical, political, and thoroughly contemporary interventions -on television, teaching, nationalism, his years as an exiled scholar in the United States and much more -is finally available in a rigorous, very readable, and in every way exemplary translation.
Library Journal
Adorno, a leading member of the Frankfurt school, often expressed himself in prose of daunting complexity. As he showed after his return to Germany following World War II, he was also capable of appealing to a wide public. He called for philosophy to be critical of society, claiming that it should constantly criticize authoritarian developments and especially feared bureaucrats who carried out orders in a cold, thoughtless way. The present volume collects a number of Adorno's informal writings, including articles on education, politics, and culture. Including wry, helpful antics explaining Adorno's references, it is a worthwhile addition to academic libraries.David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., OH
Booknews
Brings together two of the eminent critic, musicologist, and social philosopher's collections of post war essays: (1963) and (1969), as well as two of his later essays "Critique" and "Resignation". In the essays, Adorno (1903-1969) presents his thoughts on topics of German culture which include: philosophy, the value of psychoanalysis, education after Auschwitz, sexual taboos and the law, and television as ideology. Translated from the German works (1963 and 1969, Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Interventions: Nine Critical Models 1
Why Still Philosophy 5
Philosophy and Teachers 19
Note on Human Science and Culture 37
Those Twenties 41
Prologue to Television 49
Television as Ideology 59
Sexual Taboos and Law Today 71
The Meaning of Working Through the Past 89
Opinion Delusion Society 105
Catchwords: Critical Models 2 123
Notes on Philosophical Thinking 127
Reason and Revelation 135
Progress 143
Gloss on Personality 161
Free Time 167
Taboos on the Teaching Vocation 177
Education After Auschwitz 191
On the Question: "What is German?" 205
Scientific Experiences of a European Scholar in America 215
Dialectical Epilegomena: On Subject and Object 245
Dialectical Epilegomena: Marginalia to Theory and Praxis 259
Critical Models 3 279
Critique 281
Resignation 289
App. 1 Discussion of Professor Adorno's Lecture "The Meaning of Working Through the Past" 295
App. 2 Introduction to the Lecture "The Meaning of Working Through the Past" 307
Publication Information 309
Translator's Notes 315
Index 391
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