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Author Menke, Christoph, 1958-
Title Souveranitat der Kunst. English
The sovereignty of art : aesthetic negativity in Adorno and Derrida / Christoph Menke ; translated by Neil Solomon.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1998.

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Author Menke, Christoph, 1958-
Series Studies in contemporary German social thought
Studies in contemporary German social thought.
Subject Adorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969 -- Aesthetics.
Derrida, Jacques -- Aesthetics.
Negativity (Philosophy) -- History -- 20th century.
Aesthetics, Modern -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 310 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-297) and index.
Contents Introduction: Autonomy and Sovereignty -- I. On the Negative Logic of Aesthetic Experience. 1. The Concept of Aesthetic Negativity. 2. Aesthetic Deferral. 3. The Aesthetics of Negativity and Hermeneutics. 4. On the Concept of Beauty -- II. An Aesthetic Critique of Reason. 5. Aesthetic Sovereignty. 6. Problems in Grounding the Critique of Reason. 7. The Aesthetic Experience of Crisis. 8. Romantic and Modern Aesthetics: The Place of Art in the "Philosophical Discourse of Modernity."
Summary In this book, Christoph Menke attempts to explain art's sovereign power over reason without falling into an error common to Adorno's negative dialectics and Derrida's deconstruction. The error, which appeared even earlier in romanticism, is to conceive of the sovereignty of art as a reflection of the superiority of its knowledge; but art entails no knowledge, and its negativity toward reason cannot be articulated as an insight into the nature of reason. Rather, art is the medium of an experience that confronts reason from the outside with an insurmountable, never-ending crisis. Art is sovereign not despite, but because of, its autonomy. Its power to subvert reason depends on its separateness from reason. Menke brings to his arguments a firm grounding in both philosophy and literary studies, as well as familiarity with German, French, and American sources. -- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585003157 (electronic bk.)
9780585003153 (electronic bk.)
9780262279680 (electronic bk.)
0262279681 (electronic bk.)
0262133407 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 44954593
Additional Format Print version: Menke, Christoph, 1958- Souveranitat der Kunst. English. Sovereignty of art. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1998 0262133407 (DLC) 97046401 (OCoLC)37947317

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