Theodor W. Adorno

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Adorno, Teodōru W. Adoruno, Theodor Adorno, and 42 others תאודור אדורנו, Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno, Theodor Wiesengrund, Th. W Adorno, Theodor W.- Adorno, Tiaoduo-Aduonuo, テオドール ウィーゼングルンド アドルノ, T. W. A duo nuo, Teddie Wiesengrund, Theodor Wiesegrund Adorno, Theodor Wiesengrund- Adorno, Theodor Wiesengrund-Adorno, T. W. Adorno, テオドーア W. アドルノ, テオドール・W.アドルノ, ת. ו אדורנו, Theodor Wiesen Grund Adorno, Ti ao duo A duo nuo, T.-W.-Aduonuo, T.W 阿多诺, Th. W. アドルノ, Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund, Theodor W. Adorno, Castor Zwieback, T. W. Aduonuo, T. W. Adôrnô, Teodor V. Adorno, Teodor Adorno, Theodor W.-Adorno, テオドール W. アドルノ, Teodors V. Adorno, Teodor V Adorno, T̕eodor V. Adorno, Tiaoduo Aduonuo, Aduonuo, A duo nuo, T'eodorŭ Adorŭno, Hektor Rottweiler, Adorŭno, Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund-Adorno, Th. W. Adorno, T. W. Adorŭno
Sept. 10, 1903
Aug. 5, 1969

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Theodor W. Adorno (; German: [ˈteːodoːɐ̯ ʔaˈdɔɐ̯no]; born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund; September 11, 1903 – August 6, 1969) was a German philosopher, sociologist, psychologist, musicologist, and composer known for his critical theory of society. He was a leading member of the Frankfurt School of critical theory, whose work has come to be associated with thinkers such as Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, Erich Fromm, and Herbert Marcuse, for whom the works of Freud, Marx, and Hegel were essential to a critique of modern society. As a critic of both fascism and what he called the culture industry, his writings—such as Dialectic of Enlightenment (1947), Minima Moralia (1951) and Negative Dialectics (1966)—strongly influenced the European New Left. Amidst the vogue enjoyed by existentialism and positivism in early 20th-century Europe, Adorno advanced a dialectical conception of natural history that critiqued the twin temptations of ontology and empiricism through studies of Kierkegaard and Husserl. As a classically trained pianist whose sympathies with the twelve-tone technique of Arnold Schoenberg resulted in his studying composition with Alban Berg of the Second Viennese School, Adorno's commitment to avant-garde music formed the backdrop of his subsequent writings and led to his collaboration with Thomas Mann on …

Books by Theodor W. Adorno