By Geoff Boucher
Pushed 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 such a lot provocative and significant but least understood of latest thinkers. This e-book attracts on new translations into English to problem this well known photo and re-examines Adorno as a utopian thinker who believed real artwork may perhaps keep the world.
Adorno Reframed is not just a complete creation to the reader coming to Adorno for the 1st time via distinct dialogue of artistic endeavors, novels, movies and track, yet an incredible re-examination of this founding father of the Frankfurt college. prompted through 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 discuss human nature, undaunted via dogmas concerning cultural building, Adorno enjoyed paintings 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 real paintings was once a defiant refusal to subordinate the materiality of the area and the lived truth of human job to the imperatives of social totality.
Making his thought available via a wealth of concrete illustrations, many drawn from Adorno himself, Geoffrey Boucher recasts Adorno as a progressive whose anthropological imaginative and prescient of the human , feel of subversive irony and profoundly old aesthetics defended the integrity of the person opposed to the commodified tradition industries that provide unsatisfying shopper ‘happiness’. Grounding Adorno’s social philosophy and aesthetic concept 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 ascertain the legacy and effect of Adorno’s radical modernism and his trust that artwork was once within the base line the way to focus on, no longer get away, truth.
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Both Adorno and Horkheimer rejected Lukács idea that the proletarian party was the key to liberation because it supposedly performed a special historical role that lent it privileged insight into the social totality. Accordingly, Critical Theory does not seek to create a collective force that can know society and transform it at the same time by acting as a sort of philosophical super-subject. Instead Adorno’s philosophy increasingly focuses on historical individuals rather than a collective subject and concentrates on the suffering of human beings rather than the formation of a socialist party.
The artwork that refuses to suppress its own contradictions is akin to a slip of the tongue, or what is called in speech act theory a ‘misfire’, a statement that goes awry. In it, something arising from the natural and unconditioned aspects of the artist’s personality, something that is more elemental than conscious adherence to the formal conventions of harmonious proportionality, forces its way to the surface. Not surprisingly, then, Adorno turns to Freud to understand how this works, and this is the third major difference with Lukács.
The individual’s moral conscience, based on a beloved image of authority). As Adorno understands it, the intention of psychoanalysis is to ‘drain the sea’ of the irrational drives by strengthening the ability of the ego to cope with reality. It achieves this neither by fortifying the ego, nor by reinforcing the punishments of the superego, but by reintegrating split-off unconscious drives into the dynamic equilibrium of the individual’s personality structure, achieving thereby a new balance. Psychoanalysis is about generating a higher equilibrium within the individual, promoting a balanced relation between reason and the passions through ego maturity.
Adorno Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (Contemporary Thinkers Reframed) by Geoff Boucher