Adorno’s understanding of realism in the present is often taken to have been simply negative. In the posthumously published Aesthetic Theory, too, the negative view is predominant; there are, however, traces of another conception of realism. Adorno proposes, although with some caveats, that what he calls an adequate conception of realism is not only possible, but also something that art in the present cannot and must not avoid.
Professor of philosophy at Södertörn University. Translator of works by, among others, Baumgarten, Winckelmann, Lessing, Kant, and Hegel. Author of numerous books.