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ISBN-10: 0262510251
ISBN-13: 9780262510257
Publisher: MIT Press
Publish Date: 03/29/1983
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.30" W, 0.60" H

Prisms

Translator: Shierry Weber Nicholsen
Translator: Samuel Weber

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Overview

Prisms, essays in cultural criticism and society, is the work of a critic and scholar who has had a marked influence on contemporary American and German thought. It displays the unusual combination of intellectual depth, scope, and philosophical rigor that Adorno was able to bring to his subjects, whether he was writing about astrology columns in Los Angeles newspapers, the special problems of German academics immigrating to the United States during the Nazi years, or Hegel’s influence on Marx.

In these essays, Adorno explores a variety of topics, ranging from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Kafka’s The Castle to Jazz, Bach, Schoenberg, Proust, Veblen’s theory of conspicuous consumption, museums, Spengler, and more. His writing throughout is knowledgeable, witty, and at times archly opinionated, but revealing a sensitivity to the political, cultural, economic, and aesthetic connections that lie beneath the surfaces of everyday life.

Prisms is included in the series, Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

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Co-director of the Frankfurt School in pre-war Germany, Adorno (1903-1969) is one of those pivotal intellectual figures–along with Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse–from whom much leftist cultural criticism is directly derived.... The titular description, 'prisms, ' suits Adorno–a major thinker of facets and angles and revolutions–and the collection itself is an ideal introduction to his work.

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ISBN-10: 0262510251
ISBN-13: 9780262510257
Publisher: MIT Press
Publish Date: 03/29/1983
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.30" W, 0.60" H
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