Critical Models: Interventions and Catchwords

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Columbia University Press, 2005 - History - 410 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Preface
vii
Public Opinion and Critique
xiii
Introduction
3
Philosophy and Teachers
19
Note on Human Science and Culture
37
Prologue to Television
49
Television as Ideology
59
Sexual Taboos and Law Today
71
Gloss on Personality
161
Taboos on the Teaching Vocation
177
Education After Auschwitz
191
What is German?
205
On Subject and Object
245
Marginalia to Theory and Praxis
259
Critique
281
Discussion of Professor Adornos Lecture
295

The Meaning of Working Through the Past
89
Opinion Delusion Society
105
Introduction
125
Reason and Revelation
135
Publication Information
309
Index
397
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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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