Theodor Adorno is widely acknowledged to be one of the twentieth centurya s most original thinkers. The extraordinary range of his work is matched by the distinctiveness of his central intellectual preoccupations. This new introduction offers a comprehensive and accessible account of Adornoa s work. Jarvis discusses the intellectual and institutional contexts for Adornoa s thought and, in a broad--ranging study, examines his contributions to social theory, cultural theory, aesthetics and philosophy. He shows how a re--examination of Adornoa s work from the perspective of classical German philosophy allows us to see him from a new and illuminating angle, and ultimately to achieve a fuller understanding of all his thought. In a clear and detailed account, Jarvis demonstrates the enduring coherence and explanatory power of Adornoa s work and illustrates its continuing relevance to contemporary debates. The book will be welcomed by students and researchers in a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, philosophy, literary theory and cultural studies.