Monday, 1 September 2014

Theodor Adorno;'To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric'

Theodor Adorno;'To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric' 
*  Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you.
* For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.

 Theodor Adorno was German philosopher,  music theorist and composer, was one of the key figures of the Frankfurt School of critical social theory. he graduated with a PhD thesis on Edmund Husserl at Frankfurt University in 1924. During the years 1925 and 1926 he studied music theory, composition and piano in Vienna.  After his return to Frankfurt he finished his Habilitation on Kierkegaard ‘s aesthetics in 1931 (see Adorno 1933) and started to work as a Lecturer at Frankfurt University. After the takeover of the National Socialists in 1933 he was impeached as a university teacher on ground of his Jewish descent. Soon he realised that the Nazi dictatorship was to become more dangerous and fled to England where he became a PhD student and teacher at Oxford’s Merton College (1934 to 1937). In 1938 he emigrated to the USA – staying there until 1949.
Theodor Adorno returned to Frankfurt in 1949. He found a position as professor for philosophy and sociology at Frankfurt University which he held until his death in1969.
Theodor Adorno's well known statement  'To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric'


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