Theodor W. Adorno: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
bVery Short Introductionsb: Brilliant, Sharp, Inspiring /b T.W. Adorno (1903-69) was a German philosopher and social and cultural theorist. His work has come to be seen as increasingly relevant to understanding the pathologies of contemporary society evident in today's climate emergency, the financial crash, the reappearance of fascism in many countries, and the growing instability of the world order. This Very Short Introduction covers Adorno's work and life, explaining his key philosophical concepts and the philosophical background and historical context of Adorno's thinking. Andrew Bowie shows how Adorno's exploration of why human reason can have irrational consequences led him to rethink basic concepts like 'nature', 'history', and 'freedom', offering alternatives to many ways of thinking about these concepts in contemporary philosophy. The book also examines Adorno's social theory, as well as his highly critical assessments of jazz and modern culture, which he considered threatened by the effects of modern capitalism. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Andrew Bowie, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and German, Royal Holloway University of London Andrew Bowie is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and German, Royal Holloway University of London. He has published very widely on Philosophy, and musical and literary topics, including German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (2010); Philosophical Variations: Music as Philosophical Language (2010); and Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy (2013).