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Critical Models combines into a single volume two of Adorno's most important postwar works -- Interventions: Nine Critical Models (1963) and Catchwords: Critical Models II (1969). Written after his return to Germany in 1949, the articles, essays, and radio talks included in this volume speak to the pressing political, cultural, and philosophical concerns of the postwar era. The pieces in Critical Models reflect the intellectually provocative as well as the practical Adorno as he addresses such issues as the dangers of ideological conformity, the fragility of democracy, educational reform, the influence of television and radio, and the aftermath of fascism.

This new edition includes an introduction by Lydia Goehr, a renowned scholar in philosophy, aesthetic theory, and musicology. Goehr illuminates Adorno's ideas as well as the intellectual, historical, and critical contexts that shaped his postwar thinking.

Columbia University Press

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The Nation

[A] collection of essays that offers a view of Adorno in his role as... public intellectual.... Adorno's essays are truly urgent.

Los Angeles Times Book Review

Critical Models... introduce[s] a more accessible Adorno to the public.... In an age of cynicism and practicality, he is more essential than ever.

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Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) was one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. He is the author of such seminal works as Minima Moralia, The Philosophy of New Music, and, with Max Horkheimer, The Dialectic of Enlightenment.Lydia Goehr is professor of philosophy and aesthetic theory at Columbia University. She is the author of The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music and The Quest for Voice: Music, Politics, and the Limits of Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Reviewing Adorno : public opinion and critique
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"
App. 2 Introduction to the lecture "the meaning of working through the past"
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