By Geoff Boucher
Brushed aside as a depressing elitist who condemned pop culture within the identify of ‘high art’, Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) is without doubt one of the so much provocative and significant but least understood of up to date thinkers. This ebook attracts on new translations into English to problem this renowned snapshot and re-examines Adorno as a utopian thinker who believed real paintings might shop the world.
Adorno Reframed is not just a finished advent to the reader coming to Adorno for the 1st time via exact dialogue of artistic endeavors, novels, motion pictures and tune, yet an enormous second look of this founding father of the Frankfurt college. stimulated by way of Kant, Hegel, Freud, Marx, Nietzche and Kierkegaard, Adorno used to be a searing critic of the formal, reductive rationality of the Enlightenment and of modernity. Unafraid to speak about human nature, undaunted by means of dogmas concerning cultural building, Adorno enjoyed artwork that hurts, that challenged the present tradition of the day and resisted the controlled, commodified pseudo-happiness of ‘administered society’. protecting the independence of the wildlife and the particularity of the human person, for Adorno actual genuine paintings used to be a defiant refusal to subordinate the materiality of the area and the lived fact of human task to the imperatives of social totality.
Making his idea obtainable via a wealth of concrete illustrations, many drawn from Adorno himself, Geoffrey Boucher recasts Adorno as a innovative whose anthropological imaginative and prescient of the human , feel of subversive irony and profoundly historic aesthetics defended the integrity of the person opposed to the commodified tradition industries that provide unsatisfying client ‘happiness’. Grounding Adorno’s social philosophy and aesthetic idea in contextualised research of artists starting from Stockhausen and Kafka to David Lynch and Brett Easton-Ellis, Adorno Reframed takes its topic from interwar modernity into the postmodern and feminist current to check the legacy and impact of Adorno’s radical modernism and his trust that artwork used to be within the base line the way to deal with, now not get away, truth.
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Its decisive characteristic is the assertion of a universal, obligatory, eternally better, and more valuable world, that must be unconditionally affirmed: a world essentially different from the factual world of the daily struggle for existence, yet realizable in every individual ‘from within,’ without any transformation of the state of fact. (Marcuse, 1968: 95) 48 Adorno Reframed needs and it raises a ‘promise of happiness’ because of its implicit vision of individual fulfilment under conditions of universal liberty and general prosperity (Marcuse, 1968: 115).
Marxism is an all-embracing theoretical system not unlike Hegel’s ideal of ‘absolute knowledge’. It is so because it is the social theory of the proletariat – that is, the working class as revolutionary agent – which Lukács considers to be the author of reality, nothing less than the metaphysically grandiose ‘identical subject-object of history’ (Lukács, 1971: 206). By contrast, for Adorno’s Critical Theory, an intellectual grasp of society must be the result of an ongoing effort to integrate different sorts of knowledge into a multi-disciplinary research program.
Refusing to subscribe to any orthodoxy, they reminded readers of their journal that Marx called his ideas 19 Introduction the exploitation of nature as raw materials and a certain disregard for the individual. By the 1960s, Adorno is probably best described as the sort of Marxist who is an ethical individualist, rather than as any sort of traditional socialist. And Adorno, from beginning to end, rejected political violence as the means to utopian reconciliation, something that enraged the wing of the student movement which was eventually to support the terrorism of the Baader-Meinhof ‘Red Army Faction’ and the Italian Red Brigades.
Adorno Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (Contemporary Thinkers Reframed) by Geoff Boucher