Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Adorno's Notebooks

Theodor Adorno also used Notebooks for rough copies and called them by different names such as: "Schwarzes Buch", "Buntes Buch", "Grünes Buch".

Apparently, 45 Notebooks survive. The first is from 1932, the others from between 1938 and 1969.

I haven't seen any of them.[1]

1. Adorno wrote his drafts with a typewriter, apparently an Underwood. See also Adorno and Nietzsche on Typewriters. It appears that he would have had an aversion to the computer, had he lived to be able to use one. Though one might also argue that it was not the computer he was attacking, but the kind of thinking necessary for creating a computer and the programs that run on them. I doubt, however, that this wrinkle makes his aversion to computational logic more rational. See Adorno on Computerized Thinking.

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