Thursday 2.00 - 4.00
This ten week course is on Theodor W Adorno’s Minima Moralia: reflections from a damaged Life. This highly unusual and frankly slightly cultish book – by a German philosopher, sociologist, critic and general polymath – is painstakingly composed, wide-ranging, challenging, intriguing, provocative, sometimes cryptic, semi-autobiographical, arguably occasionally silly and divided into short, sometimes even aphoristic sections. Topics include: America; death; education; the ethics of argument; writing and home-owning, exile; intellectuals, fascism, film; fairy tales and myth; language; marriage; psychoanalysis; redemption; tact; the reproach that a view is too ‘subjective’; the Satanic realisation of Hegel’s philosophy; and what is wrong with doorknobs. The overriding theme is, perhaps, how to live less wrongly in a wrongful world; the Latin phrase ’minima moralia’ might be translated as ‘fragments of morality’ (and echoes a work attributed to Aristotle – the so-called Magna Moralia or big ethics). The reading for week 1 is the book’s ‘Dedication’ and the first fifteen sections of Part 1.
Book: Theodor W Adorno’s Minima Moralia, translated by Jephcott,
ISBN 0 86091 704 5 or ISBN 9781844670512