Theodor Adorno: Minima Moralia: Reflexionen aus dem beschädigten Leben [Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life]

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  • David Suchoff (Colby College )

Theodor W. Adorno's Minima Moralia. Reflexionen aus dem beschädigten Leben [Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life, 1951; cited here in the translation by E. F. N. Jephcott, London: Verso 1974] is a collection of critical aphorisms, short essays and cultural criticism written by the Frankfurt School philosopher and cultural critic in his American exile from Nazi Germany. Composed during the years 1944 (Part One), 1945 (Part Two), and 1946-7 (Part Three), Adorno's 247 separate analyses bear allusive titles which, while referring to European and American material, point to the work's modernist, and ultimately postmodernist critique of the relationship between avant-garde and mass culture. “D…

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Suchoff, David. "Minima Moralia: Reflexionen aus dem beschädigten Leben". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 January 2007
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]