Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius

Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius

Detlev Claussen

He used to be famously adversarial to biography as a literary shape. And but this lifetime of Adorno by way of one among his final scholars is much greater than literary in its accomplishments, giving us our first transparent examine how the fellow and his second met to create “critical theory.” An intimate photo of the necessary twentieth-century transatlantic highbrow, the publication is additionally a window at the cultural ferment of Adorno’s day—and its ongoing value in our personal.

The biography starts off on the shining second of the German bourgeoisie, in a global ruled by way of liberals prepared to increase citizenship to refugees fleeing pogroms in japanese Europe. Detlev Claussen follows Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (1903–1969) from his privileged existence as a cherished prodigy to his highbrow coming of age in Weimar Germany and Vienna; from his exile throughout the Nazi years, first to England, then to the USA, to his emergence because the Adorno we all know now within the probably not-so-unlikely environment of l. a.. There in 1943 together with his collaborator Max Horkheimer, Adorno constructed severe concept, whose key insight—that to be entertained is to offer one’s consent—helped outline the highbrow panorama of the 20th century.

In taking pictures the guy in his complicated relationships with a few of the century’s most interesting minds—including, between others, Arnold Schoenberg, Walter Benjamin, Thomas Mann, Siegfried Kracauer, Georg Lukács, Hannah Arendt, and Bertolt Brecht—Claussen unearths how a lot we've got but to benefit from Theodor Adorno, and what sort of his lifestyles can let us know approximately ourselves and our time.

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