Over generations, the School of Frankfurt has proposed various critical perspectives on contemporary society and has made several diagnostics on the damage that it inflicts to humans. In Minima Moralia, Adorno put in place a form of criticism that is rooted in a double option. The first: in the present conditions of existence, freedom and happiness, morality and justice, the good for an individual or a society can be determined only negatively, as in reversed forms. The second, more intermittent but no less powerful: dramatically positive experiences exist, developed in the shadow of temporalities explored by Proust and Benjamin. Minima Moralia offers itself as a type of philosophical practice dating back to the origins of philosophy: the teaching of the good life. In the seminar, after presenting the literary, historical and philosophical context of Minima Moralia, we will explore the structure and issues of this fascinating book. Students will be asked to present, analyze and discuss various sections of the book.
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Starting date: May 2nd, 2017