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Art: according to the traditional conception, art is a social sphere that is not directly focused on the maintenance of life functions. For this reason it opens up a certain freedom and possibility of knowledge. In the modern age, the idea of the evading of art has evolved in the face of a widespread through-organization of more and more areas of life. This development can lead to an ever-barred understanding ("hermetics"). See also aesthetics, works of art, critique, society, history, enlightenment, recognition.
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Th.W. Adorno on Art - Dictionary of Arguments

Grenz I 49
Art/Adorno: "Art is infinitely difficult, too, in the fact that it must transcend its concept [...] but that it adapts itself to the reification in which it is similar to realities, against which it protests ... (Ästhetische Theorie, p. 159).
Art/Sense/Adorno: The abandonment of art to the category of meaning drives it into the arms of positivism (it is still a synonym for assimilated consciousness). (Ästhetische Theorie(1), p. 231).
>Abstract Art
, >Sense.
Grenz I 104
Art/HabermasVsAdorno: Adorno's theory of the autonomy of art, which he sees represented in hermetic art, is a 'defensive' theory.(2)
Grenz I 108
Abstract/art/Adorno/Grenz: the abstractness of the reference of the works of art to the psychological nominalism, existing before them, on which Adorno insists, are the consequences of the theorem of the ahistorical-ness of the ideological superstructure.
Grenz I 186
Art/Adorno/Grenz: Adorno separates between the social content of the works of art and their monolithically-viewd suchness.
>Truth/Adorno, >Truth content/Adorno.
AdornoVs aesthetics of experience: Adorno adheres to the objectification character of the works of art.
I 187
Either a work of art is communicative, but then it is at the same time, 'crude propaganda', or it is true as a critique of the communication system. But then it is socially ineffective.
>Communication media.
I 188
Art/Adorno: art is a practice as "formation of consciousness" (Ästhetische Theorie(1), p. 361).

1. Th. W. Adorno. Ästhetische Theorie. In: Gesammelte Schriften 7, Rolf Tiedemann (Hg.), Frankfurt/M: Suhrkamp. 1970.
2. J. Habermas. Bewusstmachende oder rettende Kritik: Die Aktualität Walter Benjamins. (1972). In: Jürgen Habermas: Politik, Kunst und Religion. Essays über zeitgenössische Philosophen. Reclam, Stuttgart 1978 (aktuelle Neuauflage 2006) S. 48–95)

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Th. W. Adorno
Max Horkheimer
Dialektik der Aufklärung Frankfurt 1978

Theodor W. Adorno
Negative Dialektik Frankfurt/M. 2000

Theodor W. Adorno
Ästhetische Theorie Frankfurt/M. 1973

Theodor W. Adorno
Minima Moralia Frankfurt/M. 2003

Theodor W. Adorno
Philosophie der neuen Musik Frankfurt/M. 1995

Theodor W. Adorno
Gesammelte Schriften, Band 5: Zur Metakritik der Erkenntnistheorie. Drei Studien zu Hegel Frankfurt/M. 1071

Theodor W. Adorno
Noten zur Literatur (I - IV) Frankfurt/M. 2002

Theodor W. Adorno
Gesammelte Schriften in 20 Bänden: Band 2: Kierkegaard. Konstruktion des Ästhetischen Frankfurt/M. 2003

Theodor W. Adorno
Gesammelte Schriften in 20 Bänden: Band 8: Soziologische Schriften I Frankfurt/M. 2003

Theodor W. Adorno
Über Walter Benjamin Frankfurt/M. 1990

Theodor W. Adorno
Philosophische Terminologie Bd. 1 Frankfurt/M. 1973

Theodor W. Adorno
Philosophische Terminologie Bd. 2 Frankfurt/M. 1974

Friedemann Grenz
Adornos Philosophie in Grundbegriffen. Auflösung einiger Deutungsprobleme Frankfurt/M. 1984

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