By Christopher Craig Brittain
Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (1903-1969), the German sociologist and thinker used to be one of many highbrow leaders of the post-war Frankfurt university. This ebook offers and analyzes Adorno’s writings on theology and faith in a transparent and available demeanour. it's certain at higher point undergraduate and postgraduate scholars, and won't presuppose any familiarity with Adorno. The ebook features a basic creation to Adorno’s idea, and examines his courting with the paintings of Walter Benjamin and Jewish theology, his disagreement with medical positivism (Karl Popper), and his feedback of the “Culture Industry” and beliefs. All of those themes are explored with realization to how they interact with modern debates inside of theology. this can be complete via bringing Adorno’s paintings into discussion with significant matters and authors. the quantity concludes through highlighting a regularly ignored element of Adorno’s writing—his philosophy of music—and how this aesthetic appreciation of the chic informs modern theological reflection.
“In advanced and infrequently deeply confusing methods, Adorno’s considering was once profoundly proficient by means of theology. whereas conscientiously adhering to the prohibition of pictures, he all of the related argued that theology includes a utopian aspiration that no actual serious idea can do with out. This ebook stands proud as the most lucid and accomplished reports of the theological strands of Adorno’s pondering. within the absence of confession and after the ‘death of god,’ it testifies to the ongoing philosophical price and relevance of religion.” —Espen Hammer, Temple college
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Adorno and Theology (Philosophy and Theology) by Christopher Craig Brittain