By Lambert Zuidervaart
Theodor Adorno's Aesthetic conception is an unlimited labyrinth that any one drawn to glossy aesthetic concept needs to at your time input. as a result of his mammoth trouble of a similar order as Derrida - Adorno's reception has been slowed via the shortcoming of a entire and understandable account of the intentions of his aesthetics. this is often the 1st ebook to place Aesthetic idea into context and description the most rules and suitable debates, supplying readers a important consultant via this large, tricky, yet revelatory paintings. Its prolonged argument is that, regardless of Adorno's assumptions of autonomism, cognitivism, and aesthetic modernism, his suggestion of inventive fact content material deals the most important insights for modern philosophical aesthetics. The 11 chapters are divided into 3 components: Context, content material, and Critique. the 1st half bargains a quick biography, describes Adorno's debates with Benjamin, Brecht, and Luk?cs, and descriptions his philosophical application. the second one half is an interpretation of Adorno's aesthetics, studying how he situates paintings in society, construction, politics, and background and uncovering the social, political, and old dimensions of his suggestion of inventive fact. The 3rd half evaluates Adorno's contribution through confronting it with the reviews of Peter B?rger, Frederic Jameson, and Albrecht Wellmer.
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Extra resources for Adorno's Aesthetic Theory: The Redemption of Illusion
Although by this time Adorno was becoming a well-known radio guest and public lecturer, the focus of his scholarly work shifted toward sustained treatments of topics that had been central to his earlier writings. 27 Whereas Popper continued to cling to a modified version of the ideal of value-neutrality, Adorno insisted that no social theory is politically neutral. His central claim is that "the idea of scientific truth cannot be split off from that of a true society. Only such a society would be free from contradiction and lack of contradiction.
His account of the social and political significance of modern art provides a response to the self-perpetuating character of advanced capitalism. So, too, his account of the critical and utopian thrust of artistic truth provides an alternative to classical Marxism's confidence in scientific and economic progress. The specific shape of Adorno's alternative owes a great deal to his participation in the Frankfurt School and its project, critical theory. 3 Critical Theory Like "Western Marxism," "critical theory" is a disputed label.
In the first place, the conflict between Western Marxists and Marxist-Leninists is a real conflict, one that animates the accounts of Merleau-Ponty, Anderson, and Jacoby. In the second place, this conflict cannot simply be summarized as one between critical and scientific Marxism. 43 To absorb "Western Marxism" into "critical Marxism" would be to collapse an historiographic category into a sociological typology. If the theory of Western Marxism is muddled, then perhaps this is due in part to the tangled history from which it arises.