Theodor W. Adorno

German philosopher, sociologist and theorist (1903–1969)

Theodor W. Adorno (/əˈdɔːrn/;[5] German: [ˈteːodoːɐ̯ ʔaˈdɔɐ̯no] (audio speaker iconlisten);[6][7] born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund; 11 September 1903 – 6 August 1969) was a German sociologist, philosopher, composer, and music theorist.

Theodor W. Adorno
Born(1903-09-11)September 11, 1903
DiedAugust 6, 1969(1969-08-06) (aged 65)
Visp, Visp, Valais, Switzerland
Other namesTheodor Ludwig Adorno Wellington
Era20th century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolCritical theory, Marxism
Main interests
Social theory, sociology, psychoanalysis, epistemology, aesthetics, musicology, mass media
Notable ideas
Criticism of "actionism,"[1] modernist art opposes the conventional ordering of experience found in the mass media,[2][3] the paradox of aesthetics,[4] negative dialectics

He designed the F-scale with other researchers at the University of California. This scale tried to measure "the authoritarian personality", the "F" standing for "Fascist". He wrote about this in the 1950 book The Authoritarian Personality. He was a Marxist.

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  1. Christine Fillion, "Adorno's Marginalien zu Theorie und Praxis: In Praise of Discontinuity", Humanitas, Volume 2, Issue 1, Fall 2012.
  2. Arato, Andrew; Gephardt, Eike (1978). Essential Frankfurt School Reader. Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 300–318. ISBN 978-0-8264-0194-6.
  3. Day, Gary (2008). Literary Criticism: A New History. Edinburgh University Press. p. 265. ISBN 978-0-7486-1563-6.
  4. Harding, James Martin (1997). Adorno and "A Writing of the Ruins": Essays on Modern Aesthetics and Anglo-American Literature and Culture. SUNY Press. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-7914-3269-3.
  5. Oxford Dictionary of English
  6. Krech, Eva-Maria; Stock, Eberhard; Hirschfeld, Ursula; Anders, Lutz Christian (2009). Deutsches Aussprachewörterbuch [German Pronunciation Dictionary] (in German). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. p. 293. ISBN 978-3-11-018202-6.
  7. "Duden | Adorno | Rechtschreibung, Bedeutung, Definition". Duden (in German). Retrieved 22 October 2018.