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Oregon Institute for Creative Research's Readings for Now — Theodor Adorno

Yale Union, 800 SE 10th
800 SE 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214, US (map)

The Kitchen



Join us for a close reading and discussion of Adorno’s “Opinion Delusion Society.”

The Kitchen, Yale Union
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Read the essay at oicr-e4.org. Dessert served.

“But the risk of exposure in a radioactively contaminated world has grown so great that the anxiety is belatedly honored by the same faculty of reason that eschews its psychotic character. The objective world is approaching the image persecution mania renders of it. The concept of persecution mania and pathological opinion as a whole are not spared the same tendency. Anyone who nowadays hopes to comprehend the pathogenic element of reality with the traditional categories of human understanding falls into the same irrationality he imagines himself to be protected from by his loyal adherence to healthy common sense.”

—Theodor W. Adorno, “Opinion Delusion Society,” Critical Models: Interventions and Catchwords