Critical Models: Interventions and Catchwords
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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 postw...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published September 14th 2005 by Columbia University Press (first published 1963)
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I can definitely understand why the students during the uprisings found little use for Adorno. To the extent that he had anything to say, it was almost always knee-deep in a form of idealism that put more faith in thought and clarifying concepts within the confines of the university. Most critics of capital understand action and struggle as a means by which our concepts and theories may be refined. Adorno views most action, and involvement within an organization, as a subordination of the very i...more
One of the best bathroom books for philosophy-cum-art criticism I've had the pleasure to read. And I mean that in the best way possible.
Some of his very best. Start with the last two essays, then read the first one, "Free Time," and others.
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Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno was one of the most important philosophers and social critics in Germany after World War II. Although less well known among anglophone philosophers than his contemporary Hans-Georg Gadamer, Adorno had even greater influence on scholars and intellectuals in postwar Germany. In the 1960s he was the most prominent challenger to both Sir Karl Popper's philosophy of science a...more
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