Between Theory and Praxis: Art as Negative Dialectics

Studies in Social and Political Philosophy 21:36-51 (2013)
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This paper takes up Adorno’s aesthetics as a dialectic between philosophy and art. In doing so, I argue that art provides a unique way of mediating between theory and practice, between concepts and experience, and between subjectivity and objectivity, because in art these relations are flexible and left open to interpretation, which allows a form of thinking that can point beyond itself. Adorno thus uses reflection on art as a corrective for philosophy and its tendency towards ideology

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Rebecca Longtin
State University of New York, New Paltz


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