Adorno

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Polity, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 667 pages
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'Even the biographical individual is a social category', wrote Adorno. 'It can only be defined in a living context together with others.' In this major new biography, Stefan Muller-Doohm turns this maxim back on Adorno himself and provides a rich and comprehensive account of the life and work of one of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century.

This authoritative biography ranges across the whole of Adorno's life and career, from his childhood and student years to his years in emigration in the United States and his return to postwar Germany. At the same time, Muller-Doohm examines the full range of Adorno's writings on philosophy, sociology, literary theory, music theory and cultural criticism. Drawing on an array of sources from Adorno's personal correspondence with Horkheimer, Benjamin, Berg, Marcuse, Kracauer and Mann to interviews, notes and both published and unpublished writings, Muller-Doohm situates Adorno's contributions in the context of his times and provides a rich and balanced appraisal of his significance in the 20th Century as a whole.

Muller-Doohm's clear prose succeeds in making accessible some of the most complex areas of Adorno's thought. This outstanding biography will be the standard work on Adorno for years to come.
 

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Contents

Giovanni Francesco
5
The Jewish Heritage of his Fathers
13
Between Oberrad and Amorbach
25
Education sentimentale
52
Part II
65
The Danube Metropolis
82
In Search of a Career
95
Music Criticism and Compositional Practice
110
Writing Letters as an Aid to Philosophical
214
Adornos Path to Social Research
242
Adornos Years in California
273
Part IV
325
Adornos
366
A Theory Devoured by Thought
412
With his Back to the Wall
448
Thinking Against Oneself
481

Towards a Theory of Aesthetics
119
The Institute of Social
132
Part III
167
The Coordination of the National Socialist Nation
173
From
187

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\Stefan Müller-Doohm isProfessor of Sociology at Oldenburg University, Germany.

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