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  • ISBN: 9780231076340
  • ISBN10: 0231076347

Critical Models Interventions and Catchwords

by Theodor W. Adorno

  • List Price: $70.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 02/01/1998
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After years of exile, Theodor Adorno returned home to Germany. What would Adorno, who stated, "To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric", have to say about a society from which he and fellow members of the Frankfurt School had, just a few years before, barely escaped? The answer lies in Adorno's postwar work -- the trenchant essays, aphorisms, and radio addresses created in a wide-ranging attempt to reintroduce psychoanalysis, critical thinking, and philosophy to a culture that, in the wake of Nazism, had an "inability to mourn" and no sense of "memory".

Between 1959 and his death ten years later, Adorno published fourteen collections of his work, often combining revised publications with new essays -- all of them rendered in his characteristically idiosyncratic syntax. Two collections of those works combined in this one volume -- Interventions: Nine Critical Models (1963) and Catchwords: Critical Models II (1969) -- are passionate examples of Adorno's postwar commitment to unmasking the culture that engendered Nazism and its antihumanist nightmare.

Critical Models reveals a surprisingly public side of Adorno, the intellectual willing to enter into the "culture wars" of his day. Included are Adorno's practical recommendations for reform in primary and higher education, his explanation for the enduring therapeutic value of psychoanalysis, and his appeal to raise public awareness of "propaganda tricks" that exploit prejudice and chauvinism. Critical Models also includes new translations of such classic late pieces as "Why Still Philosophy", "Note on the Human Sciences and Culture", and "Scientific Experiences of a European Scholar in America", a memoir of his exile in the UnitedStates.

With essays covering almost the entirety of Adorno's vast interests and enhanced by translator Henry Pickford's annotations, which provide cultural and philosophical contexts for each selection, Critical Models is both a rich entry point for the uninitiated into the thinking of one of the West's seminal philosophers and, for those familiar, an opportunity to reconsider Adorno and his work.

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