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Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics

Issue no.2 /2011


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Of Mice and Men: Adorno on Art and the Suffering of Animals    
Translated Title: Of Mice and Men: Adorno on Art and the Suffering of Animals
Publication: Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics (2/2011)
Author Name: Flodin, Camilla;
Language: English
Subject: Philosophy
Issue: 2/2011
Page Range: 139-156
No. of Pages: 18
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Summary: 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.
Keywords: Adorno T.; non-human nature; repressed animals; Mörike E.; truth of art
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