Adorno, Theodor

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Adorno, Theodor (September 11, 1903 - August 6, 1969)[edit]

German philosopher, sociologist and musicologist, leading member of the “Frankfurt School” of social research, famous for his critique of society which finds its roots in the works of Marx, Hegel and Freud. In his major writings, Dialectic of Enlightenment (1947), Minima Moralia (1951) and Negative Dialectics (1966), he strongly criticizes fascism and the culture industry. After a period of exile coinciding with the Second World War, Adorno returned to Germany where he contributed to the reconstitution of post-war German intellectual life. Along with Max Horkheimer, he wrote a very influential critique of the culture industry.