Theodor Adorno

By Ross Wilson

Series Editor: Robert Eaglestone

© 2008 – Routledge

146 pages

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About the Book

The range of Adorno's achievement, and the depth of his insights, is breathtaking and daunting. His work on literary, artistic, and musical forms, his devastating indictment of modern industrial society, and his profound grasp of Western culture from Homer to Hollywood have made him one of the most significant figures in twentieth-century thought.

As one of the main philosophers of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, Adorno’s influence on literary theory, cultural studies, and philosophical aesthetics has been immense. His wide-ranging authorship is significant also to continental philosophy, political theory, art criticism, and musicology. Key ideas discussed in this guide include:

  • art and aesthetics
  • fun and free time
  • nature and reason
  • things, thoughts and being right

This Routledge Critical Thinkers guide will equip readers with the tools required to critically interpret Adorno’s major works, whilst also introducing readers to his interpretation of classical German philosophy and his relationship to the most significant of his contemporaries.

Table of Contents

Why Adorno?: Key Ideas 1. Dialectic of Enlightenment 2. Fun 3. Life Does Not Live 4. Authentic Art 5. Truth 6. Redemption 7. Philosophy, Still. After Adorno. Further Reading. Index

About the Author/Editor

Ross Wilson is Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the faculty of English, Cambridge University. His research interests include the history and theory of literary criticism, philosophical aesthetics, British Romantic poetry and poetics, and eighteenth-century and Romantic theories of language.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

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The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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LITERARY CRITICISM / General