By Theodor W. Adorno
Introduction to Sociology distills a long time of amazing paintings in sociology via one in all this century’s so much influential thinkers within the parts of social conception, philosophy, aesthetics, and music.
It contains a process seventeen lectures given via Theodor W. Adorno in May-July 1968, the final lecture sequence sooner than his demise in 1969. Captured through tape recorder (which Adorno known as “the fingerprint of the residing mind”), those lectures current a a bit varied, and extra obtainable, Adorno from the one that composed the faultlessly articulated and virtually forbiddingly excellent prose of the works released in his lifetime. right here we will keep on with Adorno’s idea within the technique of formation (he spoke from short notes), endowed with the spontaneity and effort of the spoken notice. The lectures shape an amazing creation to Adorno’s paintings, acclimatizing the reader to the higher density of proposal 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 notion of sociology as a self-discipline going past the compilation and interpretation of empirical evidence, its fact being inseparable from the fundamental 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 facets of social life.
Tracing the historical past of the self-discipline and insisting that the historic context is constitutive of sociology itself, Adorno addresses quite a lot of subject matters, together with: the aim of learning sociology; the relation of sociology and politics; the impact of Saint-Simon, Comte, Durkheim, Weber, Marx, and Freud; the contributions of ethnology and anthropology; the connection of solution 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's good translated, simply learn, and informative on Adorno’s critique of empiricist and positivist sociology... One will hardly come across one other textual content like this one, which may make an issue for a dialectical conception of society whereas additionally displaying nice sophistication within the therapy of ancient fabrics in addition to within the severe appraisal of analysis equipment. All in all, Adorno’s nice highbrow ardour is visible all through those lectures. They in actual fact construct at the sequence of most excellent books produced through the writer in Germany through the Nineteen Fifties and 1960s.” —Critical Sociology
“Adorno an writer of an ‘intro’ booklet? This mind-blowing quantity is a superb antidote to the effect that the Frankfurt university antagonistic empirical research... This short paintings is thick with implications for the self-discipline of sociology, which Adorno essentially rethinks.” —Contemporary Sociology