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Theodor Adorno (1903-69) was undoubtedly the foremost thinker of the Frankfurt School, the influential group of German thinkers that fled to the US in the 1930s, including such thinkers as Herbert Marcuse and Max Horkheimer. His work has proved enormously influential in sociology, philosophy and cultural theory. Aesthetic Theory is Adorno's posthumous magnum opus and the culmination of a lifetime's investigation. Analysing the sublime, the ugly and the beautiful, Adorno shows how such concepts frame and distil human experience and that it is human experience that ultimately underlies aesthetics. In Adorno's formulation ‘art is the sedimented history of human misery'.

Author: Adorno Theodor
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9781780936598
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2013

Translator's Acknowledgement

Translator's Introduction

1. Art, Society, Aesthetics

2. Situation

3. On the Categories of the Ugly, the Beautiful, and Technique

4. Natural Beauty

5. Art Beauty: Apparition, Spiritualization, Intuitability

6. Semblance and Expression

7. Enigmaticalness, Truth Content, Metaphysics

8. Coherence and Meaning

9. Subject-Object

10. Toward a Theory of the Artwork

11. Universal and Particular

12. Society

13. Paralimpomena

14. Theories On the Origin of Art

15. Draft Introduction

Editor's Afterword.

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), a prominent member of the Frankfurt School, was one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century in the areas of social theory, philosophy and aesthetics.

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