Publisher description for Introduction to sociology / Theodor W. Adorno ; edited by Christoph Godde ; translated by Edmund Jephcott.

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Counter This course of seventeen lectures given by Adorno in 1968 distills decades of distinguished work in sociology by one of this century's most influential thinkers in the areas of social theory, philosophy, aesthetics, and music. It forms an ideal and accessible introduction to his published texts. In these lectures Adorno defends the position of the 'Frankfurt School' against criticism from mainstream positivist sociologists. Setting out a conception of sociology not as one academic discipline among others, but as an over-arching discipline that impinges on all aspects of social life, he addresses a wide range of topics, including: the purpose of studying sociology; the relation of sociology and politics; the influence of Saint-Simon, Comte, Durkheim, Weber, Marx, and Freud; the contributions of ethnology and anthropology; the relationship of method to subject matter; the problems of quantitative analysis; the fetishization of science; and the separation of sociology and social philosophy.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Sociology, Frankfurt school of sociology, Critical theory