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Adorno's Aesthetic Theory : The Redemption of Illusion - Lambert Zuidervaart

Adorno's Aesthetic Theory

The Redemption of Illusion

Paperback Published: 2nd March 1993
ISBN: 9780262740166
Number Of Pages: 414
For Ages: 18+ years old

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This is the first book to put Aesthetic Theory into context and outline the main ideas and relevant debates, offering readers a valuable guide through this huge, difficult, but revelatory work.

Theodor Adorno's Aesthetic Theory is a vast labyrinth that anyone interested in modern aesthetic theory must at some time enter. Because of his immense difficulty of the same order as Derrida - Adorno's reception has been slowed by the lack of a comprehensive and comprehensible account of the intentions of his aesthetics. This is the first book to put Aesthetic Theory into context and outline the main ideas and relevant debates, offering readers a valuable guide through this huge, difficult, but revelatory work. Its extended argument is that, despite Adorno's assumptions of autonomism, cognitivism, and aesthetic modernism, his idea of artistic truth content offers crucial insights for contemporary philosophical aesthetics.The eleven chapters are divided into three parts: Context, Content, and Critique. The first part offers a brief biography, describes Adorno's debates with Benjamin, Brecht, and Lukacs, and outlines his philosophical program. The second part is an interpretation of Adorno's aesthetics, examining how he situates art in society, production, politics, and history and uncovering the social, political, and historical dimensions of his idea of artistic truth. The third part evaluates Adorno's contribution by confronting it with the critiques of Peter Burger, Frederic Jameson, and Albrecht Wellmer.

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--Thomas Huhn, "The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism" " This is a rich and generous book. The wealth of information on twentieth century European debates in aesthetics and cultural criticism is more than matched by the complexity and subtlety of the interpretation of Adorno's aesthetics." --Thomas Huhn, "The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism" " Zuidervaart makes helpful comparisons between Adorno's thought and that of Benjamin and Luka cs and illuminates very clearly the decisive Kantian and, especially, Hegelian elements in Adorno's complex ensemble of concepts.... In all, this is a book that does considerable justice to the subtlety and sheer range of Adorno's thought." --Nicholas Walker, "Times Higher Education Supplement" & quot; This is a rich and generous book. The wealth of information on twentieth century European debates in aesthetics and cultural criticism is more than matched by the complexity and subtlety of the interpretation of Adorno's aesthetics.& quot; -- Thomas Huhn, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism & quot; Zuidervaart makes helpful comparisons between Adorno's thought and that of Benjamin and Luk& aacute; cs and illuminates very clearly the decisive Kantian and, especially, Hegelian elements in Adorno's complex ensemble of concepts.... In all, this is a book that does considerable justice to the subtlety and sheer range of Adorno's thought.& quot; -- Nicholas Walker, Times Higher Education Supplement "Zuidervaart makes helpful comparisons between Adorno's thought and that of Benjamin and Lukacs and illuminates very clearly the decisive Kantian and, especially, Hegelian elements in Adorno's complex ensemble of concepts.... In all, this is a book that does considerable justice to the subtlety and sheer range of Adorno's thought."--Nicholas Walker, "Times Higher Education Supplement" "This is a rich and generous book. The wealth of information on twentieth century European debates in aesthetics and cultural criticism is more than matched by the complexity and subtlety of the interpretation of Adorno's aesthetics."--Thomas Huhn, "The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism"

ISBN: 9780262740166
ISBN-10: 0262740168
Series: Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 414
Published: 2nd March 1993
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.68 x 15.32  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.65