Art and Aesthetics after Adorno

9780823253098: Paperback
Release Date: 1st April 2013

3 Black & White Illustrations

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 302

Series Berkeley Forum in the Humanities

The Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley

Art and Aesthetics after Adorno

Paperback / £25.99

Theodor Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory (1970) offers one of the most powerful and comprehensive critiques of art and of the discipline of aesthetics ever written. The work offers a deeply critical engagement with the history and philosophy of aesthetics and with the traditions of European art through the middle of the 20th century. It is coupled with ambitious claims about what aesthetic theory ought to be. But the cultural horizon of Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory was the world of high modernism, and much has happened since then both in theory and in practice. Adorno’s powerful vision of aesthetics calls for reconsideration in this light. Must his work be defended, updated, resisted, or simply left behind? This volume gathers new essays by leading philosophers, critics, and theorists writing in the wake of Adorno in order to address these questions. They hold in common a deep respect for the power of Adorno’s aesthetic critique and a concern for the future of aesthetic theory in response to recent developments in aesthetics and its contexts.

J. M. Bernstein is University Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York City.

CLAUDIA BRODSKY is Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. She is the author of The Imposition of Form: Studies in Narrative Representation and Knowledge, Lines of Thought: Discourse, Archetonics, and the Origin of Modern Philosophy and the editor, with Toni Morrison, of Birth of a Nation ’hood.
Anthony J. Cascardi is Professor of Comparative Literature, Rhetroric & Spanish, U.C. Berkeley.
Thierry de Duve is Professor at Université Lille 3, Département Arts Plastiques in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France.
Aleš Erjavec is at the Institute of Philosophy, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Robert Kaufman is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, U.C. Berkeley.
Fred Rush is Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame.