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“Kunst hat soviel Chance wie die Form”: Theodor W. Adorno and the Idea of a Poeticized Culture

  • Ulf Schulenberg
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Abstract

Richard Rorty’s idea of a postmetaphysical or poeticized culture has never been discussed in connection with the work of Theodor W. Adorno. In general, a discussion of the differences and similarities between these two philosophers is still a desideratum. In this chapter, Schulenberg clarifies whether Adorno’s thought has contributed to the establishment of a poeticized culture. This also implies the question of whether it is possible to call Adorno an antifoundationalist theoretician. The analysis is divided into two parts. First, Schulenberg discusses Adorno’s critique of prima philosophia and of the traditional concept of philosophical truth. Analyzing Adorno’s idea of aesthetic form, as well as his conception of the truth content of the artwork as one of the most important terms of his aesthetic thought, Schulenberg argues in the second part that Adorno does not radically reject the traditional notion of philosophical truth, but rather develops a reconstructed version of it. The link that he establishes between aesthetic form and truth cannot be found in Rorty’s thinking. Consequently, Adorno’s thought complicates the idea of an antifoundationalist narrative of progress and emancipation.

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  • Ulf Schulenberg
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  1. 1.University of BremenBremenGermany

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