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The Melancholy Science: An Introduction to the Thought of Theodor W. Adorno (Radical Thinkers)
 
 

The Melancholy Science: An Introduction to the Thought of Theodor W. Adorno (Radical Thinkers) [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Rose

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"If her mind could be characterised by a phrase it would be something along the lines of: a fierce vigilance of thought." --Nicholas Lezard, "Guardian"

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The Melancholy Science is Gillian Rose’s investigation into Theodor Adorno’s work and legacy. Rose uncovers the unity discernable among the many fragments of Adorno’s oeuvre, and argues that his influence has been to turn Marxism into a search for style. The attempts of Adorno, Lukács and Benjamin to develop a Marxist theory of culture centred on the concept of reification are contrasted, and the ways in which the concept of reification has come to be misused are exposed. Adorno’s continuation for his own time of the Marxist critique of philosophy is traced through his writings on Hegel, Kierkegaard, Husserl and Heidegger. His opposition to the separation of philosophy and sociology is shown by examination of his critique of Durkheim and Weber, and of his contributions to the dispute over positivism, his critique of empirical social research and his own empirical sociology. Gillian Rose shows Adorno’s most important contribution to be his founding of a Marxist aesthetic that offers a sociology of culture, as demonstrated in his essays on Kafka, Mann, Beckett, Brecht and Schönberg. Finally, Adorno’s ‘Melancholy Science’ is revealed to offer a ‘sociology of illusion’ that rivals both structural Marxism and phenomenological sociology as well as the subsequent work of the Frankfurt School.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (1 Jan 2014)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important Study 23 Aug 2014
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This is Rose’s standard introduction to the thought of Theodor Adorno, and it represents one of the first major resources for Adorno scholarship in the English-speaking world. Rose reconstructs with exacting detail, the many aspects that constitute Adorno’s difficult ouvre, from his revamping of the Hegelian dialectic to the many rhetorical strategies of his writing. Through searching investigations of Adorno’s work on Husserl, Heidegger Kierkegaard, and Marx, Rose develops finely detailed accounts of the theory of reification which figure so prominently in the Frankfurt school in general, and Adorno’s thought in particular. This is a standard text for any Adorno student.
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