Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

Theodor W. Adorno


Introduction to Sociology distills a long time of unusual paintings in sociology by way of one in all this century’s so much influential thinkers within the parts of social thought, philosophy, aesthetics, and music.

It contains a process seventeen lectures given via Theodor W. Adorno in May-July 1968, the final lecture sequence earlier than his dying in 1969. Captured via tape recorder (which Adorno known as “the fingerprint of the residing mind”), those lectures current a just a little various, and extra available, Adorno from the person who composed the faultlessly articulated and nearly forbiddingly ideal prose of the works released in his lifetime. the following we will be able to stick to Adorno’s concept within the technique of formation (he spoke from short notes), endowed with the spontaneity and effort of the spoken observe. The lectures shape a terrific advent to Adorno’s paintings, acclimatizing the reader to the higher density of concept and language of his vintage texts.

Delivered on the time of the “positivist dispute” in sociology, Adorno defends the location of the “Frankfurt School” opposed to feedback from mainstream positivist sociologists. He units out a belief of sociology as a self-discipline going past the compilation and interpretation of empirical proof, its fact being inseparable from the basic constitution of society itself. Adorno sees sociology now not as one educational self-discipline between others, yet as an over-arching self-discipline that impinges on all features of social life.

Tracing the heritage of the self-discipline and insisting that the old context is constitutive of sociology itself, Adorno addresses a variety of issues, together with: the aim of learning sociology; the relation of sociology and politics; the effect of Saint-Simon, Comte, Durkheim, Weber, Marx, and Freud; the contributions of ethnology and anthropology; the connection of approach to subject material; the issues of quantitative research; the fetishization of technological know-how; and the separation of sociology and social philosophy.

“North American sociologists, social theorists, and social scientists will welcome the accessibility of this article. it really is good translated, simply learn, and informative on Adorno’s critique of empiricist and positivist sociology... One will hardly ever come across one other textual content like this one, which may make a controversy for a dialectical conception of society whereas additionally displaying nice sophistication within the therapy of old fabrics in addition to within the serious appraisal of analysis tools. All in all, Adorno’s nice highbrow ardour is visible all through those lectures. They essentially construct at the sequence of appropriate books produced by way of the writer in Germany throughout the Nineteen Fifties and 1960s.” —Critical Sociology

“Adorno an writer of an ‘intro’ ebook? This wonderful quantity is an excellent antidote to the effect that the Frankfurt university adverse empirical research... This short paintings is thick with implications for the self-discipline of sociology, which Adorno essentially rethinks.” —Contemporary Sociology

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