By Theodor W. Adorno
Theodor Adorno (1903-69) used to be certainly the most important philosopher of the Frankfurt university, the influential staff of German thinkers that fled to the USA within the Thirties, together with such thinkers as Herbert Marcuse and Max Horkheimer. His paintings has proved vastly influential in sociology, philosophy and cultural idea. Aesthetic conception is Adorno's posthumous magnum opus and the end result of a lifetime's research. Analysing the elegant, the grotesque and the attractive, Adorno indicates how such thoughts body and distil human event and that it truly is human event that finally underlies aesthetics. In Adorno's formula 'art is the sedimented heritage of human misery'.
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Aesthetic Theory (Bloomsbury Revelations) by Theodor W. Adorno