Adorno's aesthetic concept of aura

Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (2):155-177 (2007)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Philosophers within the discipline of the history of philosophy have long since demonstrated a preoccupation with the history of aesthetic ideas. However, not all aesthetic concepts in 19th- and 20th-century thought have been given an adequate analysis. One concept which, while attracting interest in literary theory debates, has rarely been mentioned in history of philosophy debates, is that of aura . The reason for the marginal role of aura in present debates is due no doubt to the difficult and sometimes utterly obscure nature of Adorno's texts, which often veils their underlying philosophical content. Aura concept is important because it represents a still rather neglected strand of Adorno's Aesthetische Theorie , which has often been regarded as solely an avocation of the aesthetics of the ‘New’. This article offers an original and in-depth analysis of this key concept showing how significant it is to Adorno's overall project. Key Words: Theodor Adorno • aesthetics • aura • Walter Benjamin • distance • gaze • proximity • receptivity.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,088

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Mimesis in Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory.Bed P. Paudyal - 2009 - Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry 4 (8):1-10.
Kant, Adorno and the work of art.Murray W. Skees - 2011 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 37 (8):915-933.
Aura: The aesthetic of redemption?Yvonne Sherratt - 1998 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 24 (1):25-41.


Added to PP

135 (#128,989)

6 months
7 (#213,770)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Dark play: Aesthetic resistance in Lukács, Benjamin and Adorno.Surti Singh - 2020 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 46 (10):1182-1202.
Towards an ethical politics.Kathy Kiloh - 2017 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 43 (6):571-598.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Civilization and its discontents.Sigmund Freud - 1966 - In John Martin Rich (ed.), Readings in the philosophy of education. Belmont, Calif.,: Wadsworth Pub. Co..
Minima moralia: reflections on a damaged life.Theodor W. Adorno - 1974 - New York: Verso. Edited by E. F. N. Jephcott.
Aesthetic Theory.Theodor W. Adorno, Gretel Adorno, Rolf Tiedemann & C. Lenhardt - 1986 - Journal of Philosophy 83 (12):732-741.

View all 20 references / Add more references