A major intervention into the place of Marxist political economy in the work of celebrated critical theorist Theodor Adorno.
To this day, there persists a widespread assumption that Theodor Adorno's references to Marx—and especially to Marx's critique of political economy—represent a relic from an early and short-lived stage of the great Frankfurt School critical theorist's intellectual development. In this book, on the basis of relevant and largely unpublished textual sources, Adorno scholar Dirk Braunstein powerfully refutes this thesis and shows that Adorno's critical theory of society is centrally concerned with a critique not only of political economy, but of economy in general.
Chapter 1 Attempting a Critique of Political Economy
Chapter 2 The Most Important Marxist Publication on Hegel
Chapter 3 Objection to the Intérieur and the Sociology of Interiority
Chapter 4 Familiarity with Its First Chapter
Chapter 5 The Theoretically Useless Concept of State Capitalism
Chapter 6 Hatched a National-Economic (!!) Theory
Chapter 7 Humanity Had to Inflict Terrible Injuries on Itself
Chapter 8 Garbage
Chapter 9 The Curse of Writing Today
Chapter 10 ?? Did He Read Marx?
Chapter 11 Eating and Being Eaten
Chapter 12 Point of Indifference
Chapter 13 Something’s Missing
Chapter 14 Raison d’être
Afterword to the Second Edition