Language and History in Adorno's Notes to Literature (Studies in Philosophy)

By Ulrich Plass

Plass argues that Adorno’s essays on literature are of prime importance for an knowing of his aesthetics simply because they problem the conceptual obstacles of philosophical discourse.

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His research in their political habit used to be devastating. He observed it as pseudo-activity, a hopeless and conformist waste of strength: “Barricades are ridiculous opposed to those that administer the bomb; this is the reason the barricades are a online game, and the lords of the manor permit the gamesters move on enjoying in the intervening time. . . . not anything within the administered global features thoroughly with out disruption” (CM 269; GS 10. 2: 771). opposed to the conformist blindness of political activism and opposed to the assault on thought, Adorno—whose psychological and actual fatigue was once progressively coming near near the nation of exhaustion that might finish with a deadly middle assault on 6 August 19692—sought to take care of the ethos that “thinking is a doing, concept a sort of praxis” (CM 261; GS 10. 2: 761) by way of devoting what little time he may possibly spare to his monograph on Alban Berg, quite a few essays and lectures, and, most significantly, his grand Aesthetic idea. Adorno’s political viewpoint at that time—variously mediated and mirrored in his aesthetic thought--was expressed in a brand new preface to the 1969 version of DE. In 1969 as in 1944, Adorno and Horkheimer articulated the point of view of the serious theorist during the adventure of the émigré and survivor: 153 154 Language and historical past in Theodor W.

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