The new human type cannot be properly understood without awareness of what he is continuously exposed to from the world of things about him, even in his most secret innervations.
Category: theodor adorno quotes
The specific is not exclusive: it lacks the aspiration to totality.
There is something embarrassing in… the way in which, … turning suffering into images, harsh and uncompromising though they are, … wounds the shame we feel in the presence of the victims. For these...
As naturally as the ruled always took the morality imposed upon them more seriously than did the rulers themselves, the deceived masses are today captivated by the myth of success even more than the...
Life is boring. The weather is boring. Actors must not be boring.
In the innermost recesses of humanism, as its very soul, there rages a frantic prisoner who, as a Fascist, turns the world into a prison.
The individual mirrors in his individuation the preordained social laws of exploitation, however mediated.
The expression if history in things is no other than that of past torment.
He who integrates is lost.
Thought as such… is an act of negation, of resistance to that which is forced upon it; this is what thought has inherited from its archetype, the relation between labor and material. Today, when...
What human beings seek to learn from nature is how to use it to dominate wholly both it and human beings. Nothing else counts.
The objective tendency of the Enlightenment, to wipe out the power of images over man, is not matched by any subjective progress on the part of enlightened thinking towards freedom from images.
Philosophy … must not bargain away anything of the emphatic concept of truth.
In the general tendency toward specialization, philosophy too has established itself as a specialized discipline, one purified of all specific content. In so doing, philosophy has denied its own constitutive concept: the intellectual freedom...
If across the Atlantic the ideology was pride, here it is delivering the goods.
And how comfortless is the thought that the sickness of the normal does not necessarily imply as its opposite the health of the sick, but that the latter usually only present, in a different...
In the end, glorification of splendid underdogs is nothing other than glorification of the splendid system that makes them so.
The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.