Adorno's Theory of Philosophical and Aesthetic Truth

Owen Hulatt

Columbia University Press

Adorno's Theory of Philosophical and Aesthetic Truth

Pub Date: September 2016

ISBN: 9780231177245

272 Pages

Format: Hardcover

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Pub Date: September 2016

ISBN: 9780231542203

272 Pages

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Adorno's Theory of Philosophical and Aesthetic Truth

Owen Hulatt

Columbia University Press

In Adorno's Theory of Philosophical and Aesthetic Truth, Owen Hulatt undertakes an original reading of Theodor W. Adorno's epistemology and its material underpinnings, deepening our understanding of his theories of truth, art, and the nonidentical. Hulatt's novel interpretation casts Adorno's theory of philosophical and aesthetic truth as substantially unified, supporting the thinker's claim that both philosophy and art are capable of being true.

For Adorno, truth is produced when rhetorical "texture" combines with cognitive "performance," leading to the breakdown of concepts that mediate the experience of the consciousness. Both philosophy and art manifest these features, although philosophy enacts these conceptual issues directly, while art does so obliquely. Hulatt builds a robust argument for Adorno's claim that concepts ineluctably misconstrue their objects. He also puts the still influential thinker into conversation with Hegel, Husserl, Frazer, Sohn-Rethel, Benjamin, Strawson, Dahlhaus, Habermas, and Caillois, among many others.
A strikingly original reconstruction and defense of Theodor W. Adorno's account of truth. Fabian Freyenhagen, author of Adorno's Practical Philosophy: Living Less Wrongly
Diligent, precise, honest, and rigorous—a superb piece of philosophical scholarship that brings the sophistication of Adorno studies to a new level. Brian O'Connor, University College Dublin
There is no other book that more lucidly and compellingly reconstructs the difficult relationship between epistemology and aesthetics in Adorno's work. Although Adorno vigorously dismissed systematicity, the many connections that unite his central concerns are here made manifest in ways that are likely to move the debate over his legacy substantively forward. For anyone interested in the status and fate of art in modernity, this book will be a landmark. Espen Hammer, author of Adorno's Modernism: Art, Experience, and Catastrophe
Owen Hulatt has written an exceptional book. As truth takes a beating at the hands of late capitalism, Theodor W. Adorno’s assessment of the modern world and of truth becomes intimately relevant. There is a lot to recommend in this book, and it is a bold contribution to understanding Adorno. Martin Shuster, Journal of the History of Philosophy
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Models of Experience
2. The Interpenetration of Concepts and Society
3. Negativism and Truth
4. Texture, Performativity, and Truth
5. Aesthetic Truth Content and Oblique Second Reflection
6. Beethoven, Proust, and Applying Adorno's Aesthetic Theory
Notes
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Owen Hulatt is a teaching fellow in philosophy at the University of York and editor of Aesthetic and Artistic Autonomy (2013).