Neglected or Misunderstood: Introducing Theodor Adorno

Neglected or Misunderstood: Introducing Theodor Adorno

An introductory approach that evaluates Theodor Adorno's work in its own terms and within those of present-day critical theory.


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While Theodor Adorno has continued to be influential since his death in 1969, his very centrality has led to the left simplifying his ideas while the right placed him at the center of a myriad of wild conspiracy theories, all of them filed under the category of Cultural Marxism. Adorno has wrongly been blamed for everything from the Beatles to postmodernism, but he has continued to be read, if read badly.

Stuart Walton's introduction to Adorno attempts to explain how this idiosyncratic thinker reframed elements of the Hegelian-Marxist dialectical in the fields of philosophy, sociology, politics and aesthetics and to rectify some of the major misunderstandings about Adorno and the Frankfurt School.

When Walton began studying Adorno at Oxford in 1983 he felt that Adorno was nowhere in the English-speaking world, but that he should be everywhere. Now Adorno is everywhere, but hardly anywhere sufficiently or deeply understood.

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No book about Adorno is going to be an easy read but Stuart Walton succeeds in offering an accessible overview of Adorno's work without over-simplifying it or the cultural contexts in which it developed. The book works both as an introduction and as a refresher for those returning to his thinking, particular for readers who are interested in what has happened to his reputation since they last checked. ~ Michael J, NetGalley

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Stuart Walton
Stuart Walton Stuart Walton is a published author of work in the fields of cultural history and philosophy (as well as consumer titles on wine and drinks)...
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