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Dieter Mersch (ed.), Sylvia Sasse (ed.), ...: Aesthetic Theory

Dieter Mersch (ed.), Sylvia Sasse (ed.), Sandro Zanetti (ed.)

Aesthetic Theory

Softcover, 272 pages

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There is no theory that is not aesthetic

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.

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

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Dieter Mersch

Dieter Mersch

studied mathematics and philosophy in Cologne, Bochum, Darmstadt. In 2004 he became Professor for Media Theory and Media Science at the University of Potsdam. Since 2013 he is Head of the Institute for Theory at ZHdK Zurich and visiting professor at University Potsdam, where he is one of the chairs of the DFG Research Training Centre 'Visibility and Visualization – Hybrid Forms of pictorial Knowledge'. Dieter Mersch was a visiting professor in Chicago, Budapest and Luzern, and Fellow at IKKM Weimar and at ZHdK Zurich. His work focuses on media philosophy, aesthetics and art theory, semiotics, hermeneutics, post-structuralism and philosophy of the image and language.

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Sylvia Sasse

Sylvia Sasse

is a professor of Slavic studies at the University of Zurich and co-founder of the ZKK (Centre for Arts and Cultural Theory), member of ZGW (Center "History of Knowledge"), and co-editor of "Geschichte der Gegenwart" (

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Sandro Zanetti

Sandro Zanetti

is a professor for General and Comparative Literature at the University of Zurich. He studied German, History and Philosophy in Basel, Freiburg im Breisgau and Tübingen (1993-1999). After research and teaching in Frankfurt am Main, Basel, Berlin and Hildesheim, Zanetti has been the program director and head of the division for General and Comparative Literature (AVL) at the University of Zurich since 2011, first as an assistant professor (2011-2015), since 2015 as an associate professor. Since its inception in 2014, he is member of the executive committee of the Zentrum Künste und Kulturtheorie (ZKK) (Centre for the Arts and Cultural Theory), UZH. His current research interests include: artistic production processes and poetics of (im)probability.

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