Theodor Adorno, on the relationship between critical theory and art

Özmacun, Tahir Erkan
During the twentieth century, Critical Theory was one of the most influential schools of thought in philosophy, political theory, theory of art, sociology, psychology and cultural studies. As a leading member of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, Adorno analyzed capitalism with an emphasis on culture and claimed that art has the potential for emancipation. The Frankfurt School thinkers generally argued that instrumental rationality became the dominant form of reason and ceased to be self-reflective and critical. The critique of culture industry was a critique of the dominant ideology which controls individual consciousness. Adorno and other Frankfurt school philosophers applied the Freudian terminology in their theories. Under the control of dominant ideology, art takes its place among other consumer goods. Underlining the emancipative potential of art in his philosophy, Adorno searches for an answer to the question of how things could be better.


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T. E. Özmacun, “Theodor Adorno, on the relationship between critical theory and art,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.