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On Adorno's aesthetical materialism in the thirties

Grant number: 15/22485-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2016
Effective date (End): December 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy
Principal researcher:Ricardo Ribeiro Terra
Grantee:Lutti Mira Salineiro
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/23817-3 - Time diagnosis, autonomy of art and domination in Adornos socio-aesthetical thinking, BE.EP.IC


The research intends to analyze Adorno's writings on musical sociology in the thirties; as a general program, we divided this decade in three main texts: (1.) Why is the new art so hard to understand?, a conference given in 1931; (2.) On the social situation of music, the first large adornian effort to think the relationship between music and society (1932), and (3.) On the fetish-character in music and the regression of listening, Adorno's most famous essay in the thirties, published in 1938. We defend that a sharp analysis of these texts may offer relevant elements to think Adorno's development as a thinker, offering as well some insight in his relationship with the thinking of Walter Benjamin. In order to analyze these aspects, we intend to delimitate Adorno's conception of aesthetical materialism developed during the thirties. (AU)