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Of Mice and Men: Adorno on Art and the Suffering of Animals
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Aesthetics.
2011 (English)In: Estetika, ISSN 0014-1291, no 2, 139-156 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Theodor W. Adorno's criticism of human beings' domination of nature is a familiar topic to Adorno scholars. Its connection to the central relationship between art and nature in his aesthetics has, however, been less analysed. In the following paper, I claim that Adorno's discussion of art's truth content (Wahrheitsgehalt) is to be understood as art's ability to give voice to nature (both human and non-human) since it has been subjugated by the growth of civilization. I focus on repressed non-human nature and examine Adorno's interpretation of Eduard Mörike's poem 'Mausfallen-Sprüchlein' (Mousetrap rhyme). By giving voice to the repressed animal, Mörike's poem manages to point towards the possibility of a changed relationship between mice and men, between nature and humanity, which is necessary in order to achieve reconciliation amongst humans as well.

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Prag: Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic , 2011. no 2, 139-156 p.
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non-human animals, domination of nature, natural beauty, Eduard Mörike
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-163624ISI: 000208793900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-163624DiVA: diva2:464510
Available from: 2011-12-13 Created: 2011-12-13 Last updated: 2015-07-23Bibliographically approved

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