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Johan Hartle

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 60: Aesthetics and Its Critique: The Frankfurt Aesthetic Paradigm

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Aesthetics and Its Critique: The Frankfurt Aesthetic Paradigm
Aesthetics and Its Critique: The Frankfurt Aesthetic Paradigm
Johan Hartle

Frankfurt School critical theory is almost as central to the history of modern aesthetics as aesthetics is to Frankfurt School critical theory: one cannot be thought without the other. On the one hand this means that Frankfurt School aestheticians are amongst the most important modern and contemporary aesthetic theorists. Hardly any modern thinker can compete with the influence and importance of the aesthetic theories of especially Adorno and Benjamin – not only in the academic discussion of aesthetics and art theory but also concerning their impact on players in the contemporary art field, including artists, curators, and critics.1 This situation is more peculiar than ...

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