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Title: Nothing under the sun : new explanations in Adorno's sociology
Author: Benzer , Matthias Wolfgang
ISNI:       0000 0004 2744 8606
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis aims to offer a fresh account of Adorno's work on and in sociology. Specifically, it seeks to explore, present, and discuss Adorno's thoughts on the problems and potentials of a sociology that confronts the task of examining exchange society. The focus rests on six broad themes which decisively shape Adorno's thinking in this context: exchange society, sociological material, sociological reflection, social critique, the sociological text, and a reality escaping exchange society. Each theme is investigated in one substantive chapter in two ways: through exposition and analysis of the concepts, conceptual interrelations, and arguments informing Adorno's perspective on the respective theme; and through illustrations of these concepts and arguments with reference to Adorno's specific attempts to carry out sociological examinations of exchange society. A persistent theoretical motif that recurs in many thematic dimensions of Adorno's sociological thinking, the thesis argues, is the double character of sociology. In order to gain clarity on sociology's double character, the thesis highlights the multiple ways in which this motif makes itself felt, analyses it from different angles, and discusses it in its various manifestations. In addition to Adorno's sociological writings, the thesis draws on two further types of sources. Each chapter emphasises interconnections between Adorno's sociology and other areas of his work, chiefly philosophy and epistemology, but also psychology, aesthetics, and metaphysics. Moreover, the thesis traces the intellectual sources relevant for illuminating the themes of this research. The thesis adds to Anglophone interpretations of Adorno's oeuvre in that it presents a sustained account of his sociology of exchange society. It thereby also challenges several extant readings of his work, especially those concerning his sociology or sociologically relevant areas of his oeuvre. This research partly draws on writings which have either been neglected tout court or have remained unduly overlooked for Adorno's sociology.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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