Barbarism: Notes on the Thought of Theodor W. Adorno

Key Concept The whole thing is truly barbarism, and triumphs as such even over its own barbaric spirit. - Theodor W. Adorno Adorno's use of the term "barbarism" has probably been most often referred to in the context of his much-cited dictum that "to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric" (Adorno 1983: 34).