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    Art and the Possibility of a Liberated Nature.Camilla Flodin - 2019 - Adorno Studies 3 (1):79-93.
    In this article, I argue that Adorno’s conception of a possible reconciliation with nature is neither one of complete synthesis, nor absolute alienation. The most elaborated formulations regarding the possibility of such a reconciliation, which would be tantamount to a liberated nature, are to be found in Adorno’s aesthetics, and particularly in his discussion of the art–nature relation. The article engages Simon Hailwood’s recent criticism of the concept of the Anthropocene and his discussion of Adorno’s conception of the domination of (...)
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    Introduction to Special Issue : Adorno and the Anthropocene.Camilla Flodin & Anders S. Johansson - 2019 - Adorno Studies 3 (1):i-v.
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  3. Catastrophe and History: Adorno, the Anthropocene, and Beethoven’s Late Style.Antonia Hofstätter - 2019 - Adorno Studies 3 (1):1-19.
    This article develops a critique of the notion of the Anthropocene through the lens of Adorno’s reading of Beethoven’s late style. The popularisation of the term Anthropocene has been accompanied by the emergence of two seemingly opposed discourses: one response could be characterised in terms of a Promethean faith in science, and the other as a turn towards new materialism. While the differences between those two approaches could hardly appear greater, they converge at their margins: both operate on the assumption (...)
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  4. The Concept of the Anthropocene and the Jargon of Authenticity.Anders E. Johansson - 2019 - Adorno Studies 3 (1):33-46.
    In The Jargon of Authenticity Adorno criticizes the jargon he argues is to be found amongst followers of Heidegger. He describes it as displaying a fetishizing of understanding as belonging, and as a ground for authenticity, meaning and identity. This article develops the idea that Adorno’s critique also allows us to understand certain aspects of contemporary discussions concerning phenomena such as global warming and the Anthropocene. A common reaction to these phenomena is that we have to make them graspable through (...)
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    Why Art? : The Anthropocene, Ecocriticism, and Adorno’s Concept of Natural Beauty.Anders S. Johansson - 2019 - Adorno Studies 3 (1):64-79.
    The article confronts contemporary ecocriticism with Adorno’s concept of natural beauty. If ecocriticism may be understood as a reaction to climate change – the gravity of the situation turns the academic into an activist – a fundamental question often remains unanswered: why should we turn to art if we are facing ecological disaster? The article then presents Adorno’s answer to this question, an answer that is closely tied to his theory of natural beauty. A crucial point in Adorno’s discussion of (...)
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    Why Art? The Anthropocene, Ecocriticism, and Adorno’s Concept of Natural Beauty.Scen Anders Johansson - 2019 - Adorno Studies 3 (1):64-78.
    The article confronts contemporary ecocriticism with Adorno’s concept of natural beauty. If ecocriticism may be understood as a reaction to climate change – the gravity of the situation turns the academic into an activist – a fundamental question often remains unanswered: why should we turn to art if we are facing ecological disaster? The article then presents Adorno’s answer to this question, an answer that is closely tied to his theory of natural beauty. A crucial point in Adorno’s discussion of (...)
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  7. The Anthropocene as a Negative Universal History.Harriet Johnson - 2019 - Adorno Studies 3 (1):47-63.
    The Anthropocene has been promoted as a potential geological periodization but what kind of history does it imply? It chronicles cumulative social interventions into planetary forces. Its ultimate stakes may well be the parametric conditions of our species survival. In this article, I argue that the Anthropocene compels us to rethink the tradition of universal history. Enlightenment thinkers sought to discern a continuous history of humankind tending toward an upward development. Adorno writes for disappointed times. For him, fragments of history (...)
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  8. Reconciliation with Nature: Adorno on Reason, Nature, and Critique.Alastair Morgan - 2019 - Adorno Studies 3 (1):20-32.
    In this paper I interrogate the actuality of Adorno’s concept of nature in the light of the contemporary environmental crisis. In particular, I try to understand what happens to the critical force of Adorno’s concept of nature if we accept that a decisive turn has been taken in the domination of nature. I articulate two key aspects of Adorno’s critical theory that I think are important resources for thinking in a time of potential environmental catastrophe, which are the themes of (...)
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