By Theodor W. Adorno
Introduction to Sociology distills many years of extraordinary paintings in sociology by way of one among this century’s so much influential thinkers within the components of social thought, philosophy, aesthetics, and music.
It includes a process seventeen lectures given by way of Theodor W. Adorno in May-July 1968, the final lecture sequence earlier than his demise in 1969. Captured by way of tape recorder (which Adorno known as “the fingerprint of the residing mind”), those lectures current a a bit of diversified, 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 stick with Adorno’s proposal within the technique of formation (he spoke from short notes), endowed with the spontaneity and effort of the spoken note. The lectures shape an awesome creation to Adorno’s paintings, acclimatizing the reader to the better density of idea 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 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 points of social life.
Tracing the historical past of the self-discipline and insisting that the ancient context is constitutive of sociology itself, Adorno addresses quite a lot of themes, 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 option to subject material; the issues of quantitative research; the fetishization of technology; and the separation of sociology and social philosophy.
“North American sociologists, social theorists, and social scientists will welcome the accessibility of this article. it truly is good translated, simply learn, and informative on Adorno’s critique of empiricist and positivist sociology... One will infrequently stumble upon one other textual content like this one, which may make a controversy for a dialectical concept of society whereas additionally displaying nice sophistication within the therapy of historic 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 fantastic books produced via the writer in Germany throughout the Fifties and 1960s.” —Critical Sociology
“Adorno an writer of an ‘intro’ e-book? This miraculous quantity is an excellent antidote to the influence that the Frankfurt institution adverse empirical research... This short paintings is thick with implications for the self-discipline of sociology, which Adorno essentially rethinks.” —Contemporary Sociology