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Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life (Radical Thinkers) Paperback – January 17, 2006
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“A primary intellectual document of this age.”—Sunday Times
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The right reader, however, will find Minima Moralia a tightly written, polished masterpiece. It is essentially a series of aphorisms in the style of Nietzsche. Adorno blends sharp observations about daily life in the 20th century with choice gleanings from philosophy, literature and history. The result is a unique work of cultural criticism that defies characterization or summary.
Almost every sentence of Minima Moralia contains a devastating insight into modern culture. Must reading for anyone who cares about Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, and all related strands of thought.
Adorno's dense, challenging prose can be difficult to digest in large portions. I made the mistake of beginning my exploration of his work with "Aesthetic Theory", which consists of 250 pages of undiluted thought, and no chapter divisions. The aphoristic collection of ruminations that is "Minima Moralia" is a much better introduction to this twists and turns of Adorno's thinking. As always, he uncondescendingly offers faithful transcriptions of his very thought processes, making things both difficult for the lazy reader, and more revealing to attentive readers able to hug the sharp corners at accelerated mental speeds.Read more ›
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Minima Moralia is a modern take on Aristotle's Magna Moralia for a post-fascist world. This volume contains some of Adorno's most beautiful prose and, contrary to what some have... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeremy Brunger
When reading Theodor Adorno's Minima Moralia, I've found it useful to bear in mind a specific metaphor or ideal-type. Read morePublished 8 months ago by not a natural
Adorno was elevated to the position of sage by a few prominent American intellectuals, Susan Sontag most famously, and anyone who takes this seriously deserves to be sent to a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by reading man
This is a reprint of E. F. N. Jephcott's 1970s English translation of Adorno's German language Minima Moralia text. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by William D. Fusfield
We're living a 'damaged life' because (among other things) we're too busy pretending to be busy.
This is what Adorno means by 'pseudo-activity';--and it's refreshing to... Read more
Theodor Adorno's late theoretical masterwork is called *Negative Dialectics*, but these earlier aphoristical comments on war and fascism might have been titled *Negative... Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by Jeffrey Rubard
For a long time, I'd wanted to read "Minima Moralia." I knew it would be a daunting task. And, it was.
But, it was worth the time and the increased folds in my brow. Read more