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A Companion to Adorno / Edition 1

A Companion to Adorno / Edition 1


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A definitive contribution to scholarship on Adorno, bringing together the foremost experts in the field

As one of the leading continental philosophers of the last century, and one of the pioneering members of the Frankfurt School, Theodor W. Adorno is the author of numerous influential—and at times quite radical—works on diverse topics in aesthetics, social theory, moral philosophy, and the history of modern philosophy, all of which concern the contradictions of modern society and its relation to human suffering and the human condition. Having authored substantial contributions to critical theory which contain searching critiques of the ‘culture industry’ and the ‘identity thinking’ of modern Western society, Adorno helped establish an interdisciplinary but philosophically rigorous study of culture and provided some of the most startling and revolutionary critiques of Western society to date.

The Blackwell Companion to Adorno is the largest collection of essays by Adorno specialists ever gathered in a single volume. Part of the acclaimed Blackwell Companions to Philosophy series, this important contribution to the field explores Adorno’s lasting impact on many sub-fields of philosophy. Seven sections, encompassing a diverse range of topics and perspectives, explore Adorno’s intellectual foundations, his critiques of culture, his views on ethics and politics, and his analyses of history and domination.

  • Provides new research and fresh perspectives on Adorno’s views and writings
  • Offers an authoritative, single-volume resource for Adorno scholarship
  • Addresses renewed interest in Adorno’s significance to contemporary questions in philosophy
  • Presents over 40 essays written by international-recognized experts in the field

A singular advancement in Adorno scholarship, the Companion to Adorno is an indispensable resource for Adorno specialists and anyone working in modern European philosophy, contemporary cultural criticism, social theory, German history, and aesthetics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119146919
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Series: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series
Pages: 680
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Peter E. Gordon is the Amabel B. James Professor of History, Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University.

Espen Hammer is Professor of Philosophy, at the College of Liberal Arts of Temple University. He has held professorships at the University of Oslo and the University of Essex.

Max Pensky is Professor of Philosophy and co-Director of the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Introduction

Part I: Intellectual Foundations

1. Adorno: A Biographical Sketch
Peter E. Gordon

2. Adorno’s Inaugural Lecture: The Actuality of Philosophy in the Age of Mass Production
Roger Foster

3. Reading Kierkegaard
Marcia Morgan

4. Guilt and Mourning: Adorno’s Debt to and Critique of Benjamin
Alexander Stern

5. Adorno and the Second Viennese School
Sherry D. Lee

Part II: Cultural Analysis

6. The Culture Industry
Fred Rush

7. Adorno and Horkheimer on Anti-Semitism
Fabian Freyenhagen

8. Adorno and Jazz
Andrew Bowie

9. Adorno’s Democratic Modernism in America: Leaders and Educators as Political Artists
Shannon Mariotti

10. Inhuman Methods for an Inhumane World: Adorno’s Empirical Social Research, 1938-1950
Charles Clavey

Part III: History and Domination

11. Adorno and Blumenberg: Non-Conceptuality and the Bilderverbot
Martin Jay

12. Philosophy of History
Iain Macdonald

13. The Anthropology in Dialectic of Enlightenment
Pierre-François Noppen

14. Adorno’s Reception of Weber and Lukács
Michael J. Thompson

15. Adorno’s Aesthetic Model of Social Critique
Andrew Huddleston

16. The Critique of the Enlightenment
Martin Shuster

Part IV: Social Theory and Empirical Inquiry

17. “Nothing is True Except the Exaggerations:” The Legacy of The Authoritarian Personality
David Jenemann

18. Exposing Antagonisms: Adorno on the Possibilities of Sociology
Matthias Benzer and Juljan Krause

19. Adorno and Marx
Peter Osborne

20. Adorno’s Three Contributions to a Theory of Mass Psychology and Why They Matter.
Eli Zaretsky

21. Adorno and Post-War German Society
Jakob Norberg

Part V: Aesthetics

22. Aesthetic Autonomy
Owen Hulatt

23. Adorno and Literary Criticism
Henry W. Pickford

24. Adorno as a Modernist Writer
Richard Eldridge

25. Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory
Eva Geulen

26. Aesthetic Theory as Social Theory
Peter Uwe Hohendahl

27. Adorno, Music, and the Ineffable
Michael Gallope

28. Adorno and Opera
Richard Leppert

Part VI: Negative Dialectics

29. What is Negative Dialectics? Adorno’s Reevaluation of Hegel
Terry Pinkard

30. Adorno’s Critique of Heidegger
Espen Hammer

31. Concept and Object: Adorno’s Critique of Kant
J. M. Bernstein

32. Critique and Disappointment: Negative Dialectics as Late Philosophy
Max Pensky

33. Negative Dialectics and Philosophical Truth
Brian O’Connor

34. Adorno and Scholem: The Heretical Redemption of Metaphysics
Asaf Angermann

35. Adorno’s Concept of Metaphysical Experience
Peter E. Gordon

Part VII: Ethics and Politics

36. After Auschwitz
Christian Skirke

37. Forever Resistant? Adorno and Radical Transformation of Society
Maeve Cooke

38. Adorno’s Materialist Ethics of Love
Kathy Kiloh

39. Adorno’s Metaphysics of Moral Solidarity in the Moment of its Fall
Gordon Finlayson