Chapter 16

  • Kurt H. Wolff
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 51)


“Although the spontaneity of subjective creativity,” Martin Jay paraphrases Theodor W. Adorno,

was a necessary element in genuine art, it could realize itself only through objectification. And objectification inevitably meant working with materials filtered already through the existing social matrix. This in turn meant the necessity of at least some reification … The complete reconciliation of subjective imagination and objective materials might be approached in great works of art, but never fully achieved.1


Publishing Company Objective Material Great Work Subjective Imagination Social Matrix 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt H. Wolff
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  1. 1.Brandeis UniversityWalthamUSA

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