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Theodor W. Adorno

Posthumous Writings. Section V: Lectures and Conversations - Volume 1: Lectures 1949-1968

Edited by Michael Schwarz

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When Theodor W. Adorno returned to Germany from his American exile in 1949, he not only resumed his teaching and research at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Institute for Social Research, but he also quickly established a reputation as a public intellectual. Adorno’s considerable influence on the debates of the post-war period was also due to his lectures given outside the context of the university in which he pointedly spoke about different societal developments.

This volume contains 20 of these lectures given between 1949 and 1968. They deal with a wide range of topics: the addictive potential of Proust’s prose and the compositional technique of Richard Strauss, questions of urban construction and pedagogy, superstition and antisemitism, the authoritarian personality and new right-wing radicalism. The lectures gain their unique appeal from their free form: They don’t strive to be treatises but are understood as improvisations designed to encourage listeners to use their own mind. Or, as Adorno put it himself: »I leave this with you to ponder.«

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