Posted by: HAT | September 17, 2009

Thought While Reading

Adorno says “To want substance in cognition is to want a utopia.” (Negative Dialectics, 56.)

From what I can tell so far, Agamben is saying something similar about wanting substance in art in The Man Without Content, in his analysis of the split between aesthetic judgment (independent of moral or cognitive content — extreme case “Rameau’s Nephew”), and artistic creative subjectivity without content.

These days, it seems likely that wanting substance period is tantamount to wanting a utopia. (See Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle)


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