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- DescriptionTheodor W. Ador's aesthetics has dominated discussions about art and aesthetic modernism since World War II, and continues to inform contemporary theorizing. Situating Ador's aesthetic theory in the context of post-Kantian European philosophy, Espen Hammer explores Ador's critical view of art as engaged in reconsidering fundamental features of our relation to nature and reality. His book is structured around what Ador regarded as the contemporary aesthetician's overarching task: to achieve a vision of the fate of art in the modern world, while demonstrating its unique cognitive potential. Hammer offers a lively examination of Ador's work through the central problem of what full human self-actualization would require, and also discusses the wider philosophical significance of aesthetic modernism. This book will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of social philosophy, art, and aesthetics.
- Author BiographyEspen Hammer is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University, Philadelphia. He has published many essays and books, including Stanley Cavell: Skepticism, Subjectivity, and the Ordinary (2002), Adorno and the Political (2006), Philosophy and Temporality from Kant to Critical Theory (Cambridge, 2011) and The Routledge Handbook of the Frankfurt School (co-edited with Axel Honneth and Peter Gordon, forthcoming, 2016), and is the editor of German Idealism: Contemporary Perspectives (2007).
- Author(s)Espen Hammer
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication24/09/2015
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight490 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine14 mm
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