Critical Models: Interventions and Catchwords

Paperback | September 14, 2005

byTheodor W. AdornoTranslated byHenry W. PickfordIntroduction byLydia Goehr

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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 postwar era. The pieces in Critical Models reflect the intellectually provocative as well as the practical Adorno as he addresses such issues as the dangers of ideological conformity, the fragility of democracy, educational reform, the influence of television and radio, and the aftermath of fascism.

This new edition includes an introduction by Lydia Goehr, a renowned scholar in philosophy, aesthetic theory, and musicology. Goehr illuminates Adorno's ideas as well as the intellectual, historical, and critical contexts that shaped his postwar thinking.

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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 phi...

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) was one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. He is the author of such seminal works as Minima Moralia, The Philosophy of New Music, and, with Max Horkheimer, The Dialectic of Enlightenment.Lydia Goehr is professor of philosophy and aesthetic theory at Columbia University. She is the au...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.75 × 1 × 0.68 inPublished:September 14, 2005Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceReviewing Adorno: Public Opinion and Critique by Lydia GoehrInterventions: Nine Critical ModelsIntroductionWhy Still PhilosophyPhilosophy and TeachersNote on Human Science and CultureThose TwentiesPrologue to TelevisionTelevision as IdeologySexual Taboos and Law TodayThe Meaning of Working Through the PastOpinion Delusion SocietyCatchwords: Critical Models 2IntroductionNotes on Philosophical ThinkingReason and RevelationProgressGloss on PersonalityFree TimeTaboos on the Teaching VocationEducation After AuschwitzOn the Question: "What is German?"Scientific Experiences of a European Scholar in AmericaDialectical Epilegomena: On Subject and ObjectMarginalia to Theory and PraxisCritical Models 3CritiqueResignationAppendixesAppendix 1: Discussion of Professor Adorno's Lecture "The Meanings of Working through the Past"Appendix 2: Introduction to the Lecture "The Meaning of Working Through the Past"Publication InformationNotes Index

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[A] collection of essays that offers a view of Adorno in his role as... public intellectual.... Adorno's essays are truly urgent. Contrary to the caricature of Adorno as an aloof mandarin unwilling to descend into the public sphere, these essays, elegantly translated and abundantly annotated by Henry Pickford, reveal the range and power of his contributions to the fragile German democracy he helped build after returning from exile. Without sacrificing his critical rigor, Adorno shows that even the most negative of dialectics can address practical problems and provide suggestive answers.