By Theodor W. Adorno
Theodor Adorno (1903-69) was once definitely the main philosopher of the Frankfurt college, the influential staff of German thinkers that fled to the U.S. within the Nineteen Thirties, together with such thinkers as Herbert Marcuse and Max Horkheimer. His paintings has proved greatly influential in sociology, philosophy and cultural thought. Aesthetic idea is Adorno's posthumous magnum opus and the end result of a lifetime's research. Analysing the elegant, the grotesque and the attractive, Adorno exhibits how such innovations body and distil human event and that it really is human adventure that finally underlies aesthetics. In Adorno's formula 'art is the sedimented historical past of human misery'.
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Aesthetic Theory (Bloomsbury Revelations) by Theodor W. Adorno