Experimental Writing

R. M. Berry

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195182637
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Experimental Writing

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This article looks at the relation of experimental writing to philosophy. It discusses Theodor Adorno's thoughts about experimental literature as contained in his Aesthetic Theory. It explains that Adorno believed that there is a deep bond between the topic of artistic experimentation, especially in literature, and the possibility of conducting philosophy. It suggests that if the modern tendency toward aesthetic nominalism is not an accidental result of historical misunderstandings but originates in a universal of art, then experimental writing would seem to mark conceptualization's limit. It also discusses György Lukács and Samuel Beckett's opinion about experimental literature.

Keywords: experimental writing; philosophy; Theodor Adorno; Aesthetic Theory; artistic experimentation; aesthetic nominalism; György Lukács; Samuel Beckett

Article.  10635 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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