CEVI-WP 09-02

Avant-Garde and Philosophy
M.S.R. Commers


Reflecting on the theme of the International Symposium ‘Avant-garde and theater in the Interbellum period’, I asked myself whether it might be sensible to speak of an Avant-garde philosophy itself. I was in doubt about the possibility to do so. The philosophical community called the Frankfurter Schule seems the one to which scholars frequently refer when they treat the historical Avant-garde of the Interbellum. The intellectual work, academic or other, of Max Horkheimer and Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno, appears to fit the picture. To me this looks too narrow a view, considering what happened on the philosophical scene of the period.

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