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By Alex Thomson

ISBN-10: 0826474209

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Some of the most influential philosophers and cultural theorists of the 20 th century, Theodor Adorno poses a substantial problem to scholars. His works can usually look imprecise and impenetrable, relatively for people with little wisdom of the philosophical traditions on which he attracts. Adorno: A advisor for the confused is a fascinating and obtainable account of his suggestion that doesn't patronise or short-change the reader. these new to Adorno - and those that have struggled to make headway together with his paintings - will locate this a useful source: essentially written, complete and in particular all for simply what makes Adorno tough to learn and comprehend.


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Both the students and the younger generation of the Frankfurt School scholars wished to turn back the clock, and to reverse Adorno and Horkheimer's intellectual development. Their radical opponents wanted to recover the revolutionary fervour of the late Weimar and early Nazi era; their colleagues the idea of a total social theory. What this really meant was the attempt to get around Adorno's more sceptical influence, to reach the Horkheimer who had written such programmatic essays as Traditional and Critical Theory', in which a revolutionary politics and a radical theory of society went hand in hand.

This, precisely, is not possible in the case of Schoenberg. By no means because his music is 'not music', is chaotic and governed by chance. Rather traditional music was stamped through and through by the schema of tonality; it moved within harmonic, melodic, and formal paths that were pre-drawn by this schema. It was as if every musical particular was subordinated to an established generality. By listening appropriately, starting from there, one would be able to deduce the development of its particulars in detail and find one's way with relative ease.

What distinguishes Adorno and Horkheimer from almost all their other friends and colleagues who 31 ADORNO: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED had been forced to flee to the United States is the simple fact of their return to Europe. Herbert Marcuse, Siegfried Kracauer, and many other figures closely or loosely associated with the Institute for Social Research, never made it back. Nor did other well-known intellectuals such as Hannah Arendt. Having made new homes in the USA, many were to play an influential role in the development of post-war culture in America.

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