Indiana University Bloomington

Fall 2017: Theodor W. Adorno's Aesthetic Theory

What is the relationship between art and society? Can art be political without losing its force? What kind of experience does art enable and what kind of thinking does it demand? These are some of the questions at the heart of Theodor W. Adorno’s seminal Aesthetic Theory, published posthumously in 1970. The text guides the work of the Theory Center this term. The reading group aims to make its way through the book in its weekly meetings. A symposium brings to campus leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to reflect on what remains alive in the Aesthetic Theory. Join us.

All Center events are open to the public.

Spring 2018 Course:

"War & the Political"

Next Spring, Professor Edgar Illas (Spanish & Portuguese) offers a graduate course in the Center that explores one fundamental hypothesis, namely that war is an ontological event, an event that produces new social orders of being. Rather than studying theories of war from a political-science or a military perspective, the approach will examine theoretical reflections on the continuation and also the gap between conflict and political order. More ->

New Work by Center Faculty

Constance Furey probes the question of the relationship of aloneness and interconnection in her new book Poetic Relations: Intimacy and Faith in the English Reformation (U Chicago Press, 2017).

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