SO427 - week 3

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These are my notes from January 22 for SO427 at the London School of Economics for the 2017-2018 school year. I took this module as part of the one-year Inequalities and Social Science MSc program.

The usual disclaimer: all notes are my personal impressions and do not necessarily reflect the view of the lecturer.

Adorno 2


The Stars Down to Earth

It’s a book mostly about the LA Times astrology & written when Adorno was in LA. The passages we needed to read are:

My notes are in Bookmarker.

The Culture Industry (PDF)

From Dialectic of Enlightenment. Additional reading.

Lecture and seminar

On the Frankfurt School generally

On the culture industry

On rationality

On critical theory

On commodity fetishism

giving something power it does not possess, the idea that commodities have immanent value as opposed to only being valuable because of this system of exchange (originating from labour, acc to Marx), within social relations

On Civilisation and Its Discontents

On knowing

On authoritarian personalities

On immanent critique

On occultism

Theses on Occultism