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Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund Adorno (September 11, 1903 – August 6, 1969) was a German sociologist, philosopher, musicologist, and composer. He was a member of the Frankfurt School along with Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, Jürgen Habermas, and others. He was also the Music Director of the Radio Project.

As a young music critic and amateur sociologist, Theodor W. Adorno was primarily a philosophical thinker. The label social philosopher emphasizes the socially critical aspect of his philosophical thinking, which from 1945 onwards took an intellectually prominent position in the critical theory of the Frankfurt School.

Select bibliography (by publication in English)Edit

  • Philosophy of Modern Music (1949)
  • The Authoritarian Personality (et al. 1950). New York: Harper.
  • Negative Dialectics (1966)
  • Prisms (1967)
  • Aesthetic Theory (1970)
  • Dialektik der Aufklärung (1944 with Horkheimer). Translations:
  • Dialectic of Enlightenment. Trans. John Cumming. New York: Continuum, 1973.
  • Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments. Ed. Gunzelin Schmid Noerr, trans. Edmund Jephcott. Stanford, Cal.:Stanford University Press, 2002.
  • Minima Moralia (1974)
  • Against Epistemology: A Metacritique; Studies in Husserl and the Phenomenological Antinomies (1983).
  • Critical Models: interventions and catchwords (1998).
  • Metaphysics: Concept and Problems (2000).
  • Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason' (2001).

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