By Theodor W. Adorno
Introduction to Sociology distills a long time of exotic paintings in sociology by means of one in every of this century’s such a lot influential thinkers within the parts of social conception, 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 dying in 1969. Captured by means of tape recorder (which Adorno known as “the fingerprint of the residing mind”), those lectures current a a bit of diversified, and extra available, Adorno from the one that composed the faultlessly articulated and nearly forbiddingly ideal prose of the works released in his lifetime. the following we will persist with Adorno’s notion within the technique of formation (he spoke from short notes), endowed with the spontaneity and effort of the spoken be aware. The lectures shape an excellent creation to Adorno’s paintings, acclimatizing the reader to the better 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 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 points of social life.
Tracing the historical past of the self-discipline and insisting that the old context is constitutive of sociology itself, Adorno addresses a variety of themes, 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 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 upon one other textual content like this one, which may make an issue for a dialectical conception of society whereas additionally exhibiting nice sophistication within the therapy of ancient fabrics in addition to within the severe appraisal of study tools. All in all, Adorno’s nice highbrow ardour is visible all through those lectures. They in actual fact construct at the sequence of greatest books produced via the writer in Germany throughout the Nineteen Fifties and 1960s.” —Critical Sociology
“Adorno an writer of an ‘intro’ publication? This magnificent quantity is a superb antidote to the influence that the Frankfurt tuition adverse empirical research... This short paintings is thick with implications for the self-discipline of sociology, which Adorno essentially rethinks.” —Contemporary Sociology