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Adorno Paperback – 1 Jul 1984
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An admirable introduction to the thought of an inordinately complex writer. It presents that thought in lucid outline, while avoiding the sort of facile simplification that Adorno himself would have detested.--H. Stuart Hughes Martin Jay's "Adorno" makes this powerful thinker intelligible and even sympathetic, while still respecting his essential complexity and asperity.--Paul Robinson
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Jay's modest book touches on the primary categories, the Negative Dialectics,dealing within the Hegelian edifice,if in fact philosophy is still thinkable, that it in fact still remains because it has yet to be realized.
Adorno's thinking on music was in fact very unique with a full scope of other disciplines brought into the welter of analysis. It was never done,at least not with the level of vigour Adorno had brought to the endeavor of thinking of music from a context of the social and political. This is a chasm still not closed. Adorno musically had emphasized the cultural importance with a placement on the dodecaphonic means, the 12 Tone school of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern, all of which Adorno had known during his lifetime. He had studied composition with Alban Berg.Jay metaphorically connects this to Adorno's "atonal" way of thinking of philosophy.
There is not much on "Aesthetic Theory",largely it was only available in German at the time of Jay's highly readable book.