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Benno Wirz: Shadows of Theory: Figures of Thought
Shadows of Theory: Figures of Thought
(p. 237 – 252)

Benno Wirz

Shadows of Theory: Figures of Thought

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  • aesthetics
  • art
  • art theory
  • Theodor W. Adorno

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Benno Wirz

is the Coordinator of the Cultural Analysis program at the University of Zurich and Co-Coordinator of the doctoral program “Epistemologies of Aesthetic Practices.” Research interests: cultural analysis of philosophy, the turn to media, material, theater and politics in thought, sensual knowledge and aesthetic epistemologies.
Other texts by Benno Wirz for DIAPHANES
Dieter Mersch (ed.), Sylvia Sasse (ed.), ...: Aesthetic Theory

There is no theory that is not aesthetic in a certain way. Adorno, too, did not understand his aesthetic theory simply as a theory of the aesthetic, but was aware of the aesthetic implications of theory. At the same time we have to do with aesthetic objects and events in which an aesthetic theory is inherent, which show themselves as art. So from both sides—theory and aesthetics—a link can be made to the etymological meaning of theoria, which understands the theoretical as a seeing or perspective. The book examines this link and simultaneity, focusing equally on the aesthetic implications of theory and the theoretical implications of aesthetic events.


With contributions by Frauke Berndt, Elisabeth Bronfen, Sandra Frimmel, Julia Gelshorn & Tristan Weddigen, Fabienne Liptay, Dieter Mersch, Klaus Müller-Wille, ­Barbara Naumann, Boris Previsic, Dorota Sajewska, ­Sylvia Sasse, Rahel Villinger, Benno Wirz, Sandro Zanetti.