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Theodor W. Adorno

Date de naissance: 11. septembre 1903
Date de décès: 6. août 1969
Autres noms: Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno

Theodor W. Adorno [ˈteːodoːɐ̯ veː ʔaˈdɔɐ̯no], né Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund le 11 septembre 1903 et mort le 6 août 1969, est un philosophe, sociologue, compositeur et musicologue allemand.

En tant que philosophe, il est avec Herbert Marcuse et Max Horkheimer l'un des principaux représentants de l'École de Francfort, au sein de laquelle a été élaborée la Théorie critique. En tant que musicien et musicologue, il est représentant de la seconde école de Vienne et théoricien de la Nouvelle Musique. Et c'est en tant que philosophe , sociologue, musicologue et musicien qu'il introduit avec Max Horkheimer la notion interdisciplinaire d'industrie culturelle, première traduction en français du titre de l'essai fondateur Kulturindustrie dans La Dialectique de la raison. Wikipedia

Citations Theodor W. Adorno

„The occupation with things of the mind has by now itself become “practical,” a business with strict division of labor, departments and restricted entry. The man of independent means who chooses it out of repugnance for the ignominy of earning money will not be disposed to acknowledge the fact. For this he is punished. He … is ranked in the competitive hierarchy as a dilettante no matter how well he knows his subject, and must, if he wants to make a career, show himself even more resolutely blinkered than the most inveterate specialist. The urge to suspend the division of labor which, within certain limits, his economic situation enables him to satisfy, is thought particularly disreputable: it betrays a disinclination to sanction the operations imposed by society, and domineering competence permits no such idiosyncrasies. The departmentalization of mind is a means of abolishing mind where it is not exercised ex officio, under contract. It performs this task all the more reliably since anyone who repudiates this division of labor—if only by taking pleasure in his work—makes himself vulnerable by its standards, in ways inseparable from elements of his superiority.“

—  Theodor W. Adorno, livre Minima Moralia

E. Jephcott, trans. (1974), § 1
Minima Moralia (1951)
Contexte: The son of well-to-do parents who … engages in a so-called intellectual profession, as an artist or a scholar, will have a particularly difficult time with those bearing the distasteful title of colleagues. It is not merely that his independence is envied, the seriousness of his intentions mistrusted, that he is suspected of being a secret envoy of the established powers. … The real resistance lies elsewhere. The occupation with things of the mind has by now itself become “practical,” a business with strict division of labor, departments and restricted entry. The man of independent means who chooses it out of repugnance for the ignominy of earning money will not be disposed to acknowledge the fact. For this he is punished. He … is ranked in the competitive hierarchy as a dilettante no matter how well he knows his subject, and must, if he wants to make a career, show himself even more resolutely blinkered than the most inveterate specialist. The urge to suspend the division of labor which, within certain limits, his economic situation enables him to satisfy, is thought particularly disreputable: it betrays a disinclination to sanction the operations imposed by society, and domineering competence permits no such idiosyncrasies. The departmentalization of mind is a means of abolishing mind where it is not exercised ex officio, under contract. It performs this task all the more reliably since anyone who repudiates this division of labor—if only by taking pleasure in his work—makes himself vulnerable by its standards, in ways inseparable from elements of his superiority. Thus is order ensured: some have to play the game because they cannot otherwise live, and those who could live otherwise are kept out because they do not want to play the game.

„Without admitting it they sense that their lives would be completely intolerable as soon as they no longer clung to satisfactions which are none at all.“

—  Theodor W. Adorno

Section 10
Culture Industry Reconsidered (1963)
Contexte: The phrase, the world wants to be deceived, has become truer than had ever been intended. People are not only, as the saying goes, falling for the swindle; if it guarantees them even the most fleeting gratification they desire a deception which is nonetheless transparent to them. They force their eyes shut and voice approval, in a kind of self-loathing, for what is meted out to them, knowing fully the purpose for which it is manufactured. Without admitting it they sense that their lives would be completely intolerable as soon as they no longer clung to satisfactions which are none at all.

„The power of the culture industry's ideology is such that conformity has replaced consciousness. The order that springs from it is never confronted with what it claims to be or with the real interests of human beings.“

—  Theodor W. Adorno

Section 14
Culture Industry Reconsidered (1963)
Contexte: The power of the culture industry's ideology is such that conformity has replaced consciousness. The order that springs from it is never confronted with what it claims to be or with the real interests of human beings. Order, however, is not good in itself. It would be so only as a good order. The fact that the culture industry is oblivious to this and extols order in abstracto, bears witness to the impotence and untruth of the messages it conveys. While it claims to lead the perplexed, it deludes them with false conflicts which they are to exchange for their own. It solves conflicts for them only in appearance, in a way that they can hardly be solved in their real lives.

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„There is no right life in the wrong one.“

—  Theodor W. Adorno

Source: Minima Moralia: Reflections from a Damaged Life

„Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.“

—  Theodor W. Adorno, livre Minima Moralia

Kunst ist Magie, befreit von der Lüge, Wahrheit zu sein.
E. Jephcott, trans. (1974), § 143
Minima Moralia (1951)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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