The Actuality of Adorno: Critical Essays on Adorno and the Postmodern

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SUNY Press, Apr 24, 1997 - Philosophy - 199 pages
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Always resistant to classification, the work of Theodor Adorno ranged from biting criticism of the emergent popular culture in the United States and Europe, through theories of contemporary music and literature, and sociological analyses of the rise of fascism and antisemitism in Germany and elsewhere, to careful readings of modern Continental philosophers. As a leading member of the famous Frankfurt School of critical social theory, Adorno influenced current discussions in cultural studies and Continental philosophy. However, the various dimensions of Adorno s significance for the range of contemporary postmodern theory remained unclear. This book demonstrates the relevance and power of Adorno s work for the state of critical social theory today."
 

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Contents

Adornos Actuality
1
ReasonA Different ReasonSomething Different Than Reason? Wondering about the Concept of a Different Reason in Adorno Lyotard and Sloterdijk
23
Irreconcilable Modernity Adornos Aesthetic Experimentalism and the Transgression Theorem
43
Adorno The Discourse of Philosophy and the Problem of Language
62
Mass Culture as Hieroglyphic Writing Adorno Derrida Kracauer
83
Adorno Modernity and the Sublime
112
Kantian Snapshot of Adorno Modernity Standing Still
135
Fragment Fascination Damaged Life The Truth about Hedda Gabler
154
Theodor Adorno on Tradition
183
Contributors
195
Index
197
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Max Pensky is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Binghamton University.

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