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By Theodor W. Adorno

Theodor Adorno (1903-69) used to be unquestionably the most important philosopher of the Frankfurt tuition, the influential team of German thinkers that fled to the U.S. within the Nineteen Thirties, together with such thinkers as Herbert Marcuse and Max Horkheimer. His paintings has proved significantly influential in sociology, philosophy and cultural idea. Aesthetic concept is Adorno's posthumous magnum opus and the end result of a lifetime's research. Analysing the chic, the gruesome and the gorgeous, Adorno indicates how such innovations body and distil human adventure and that it really is human event that eventually underlies aesthetics. In Adorno's formula 'art is the sedimented heritage of human misery'.

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But the substantive basis for a juridical distinction between power and violence is thrown into question by Kant’s thesis in paragraph 28 of the Critique of the Power of Judgment that violence (Gewalt) can only be understood in relation to power (Macht), and vice versa. “Power (Macht) is a capacity that is superior to great hindrances,” Kant declares. ”12 The idea of the sublime awakened in us by the apprehension of “power” (Macht) in nature demonstrates mankind’s “superiority to nature,” and thus reveals a mode of “self-Â�preservation” superior to that which is threatened by nature, even while, as Kant notes, on another level—that of “physical” existence—“man must submit to the violence (Gewalt) of nature” (AA 5: 261–62; Critique of the Power of Judgment, 144–45).

1: 578; Arcades, 463). It is less a matter of gathering material than of bringing forth the capacity of self-dividing, polarizing units of impartability. 1: 571; Arcades, 456–57). The stress here, once again, is on “reason” as ability—in Kant’s terms “thinking” as distinct from “knowing”—and on mythology-destroying force. For this reason, it is a question of arability rather than harvesting or even cultivation: this is certainly not a matter of property in the Lockean sense or in the sense sketched out by Kant himself in the Metaphysics of Morals.

An aesthetic judgment of the scene is detached from this vision of the sea as a usable object outside of consciousness. Under the conditions of such judgments, instead of offering itself for use (as food, water, or a medium of communication) the sea merely appears: rather than acquiring meaning metaphorically as an object that is seen, by way of personification, to ask for protection, the sea means itself as an appearance. The beauty and sublimity that are associated with its appearances are what the poets see, according to Kant, when they look at the sea.

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