Theodor Adorno

Adorno, Theodor Wiesengrund

Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (tāədôr´ vē´zəngrŏŏnd ädôr´nō), 1903–69, German philosopher, born as Theodor Adorno Wiesengrund. Forced into exile by the Nazis (1933), he spent 16 years in England and the United States before returning to Germany to take up a chair in philosophy at Frankfurt. A leading member of the Frankfurt School, Adorno launched critiques of the Enlightenment conception of reason (see Dialectic of Enlightenment, written with Max Horkheimer, 1947, tr. 1972), of Hegelian idealism (see Negative Dialectics 1966, tr. 1973), and of existentialism (see The Jargon of Authenticity 1964, tr. 1973). He also led an influential attack on the "culture industry" prevalent in contemporary capitalist society. Influenced by Schoenberg, Adorno wrote extensively on music theory and developed an account of modernism in art. Adorno's works include Minima Moralia (1951, tr. 1974), Philosophy of Modern Music (1958, tr. 1985), and Aesthetic Theory (1970, tr. 1984).

See biographies by S. Müller-Doohm (2003) and D. Claussen (2008); study by M. Jay (1984).

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Theodor Adorno: Selected full-text books and articles

Theodor Adorno By Ross Wilson Routledge, 2007
The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture By Theodor W. Adorno; J. M. Bernstein Routledge, 2001
Prismatic Thought: Theodor W. Adorno By Peter Uwe Hohendahl University of Nebraska Press, 1995
Critical Theory: The Essential Readings By David Ingram; Julia Simon-Ingram Paragon House, 1992
Librarian's tip: Includes essays written by Theodor Adorno in multiple chapters
Philosophical Perspectives on Music By Wayne D. Bowman Oxford University Press, 1998
Librarian's tip: "Adorno: The Critical Social Function of Music" begins on p. 307
Mapping Ideology By Slavoj Žižek Verso, 1994
Librarian's tip: Chap. 1 "Messages in a Bottle" by Theodor W. Adorno and Chap. 2 "Adorno, Post-structuralism and the Critique of Identity"
Art and Concept: A Philosophical Study By Lucian Krukowski University of Massachusetts Press, 1987
Librarian's tip: Chap. Three "Adorno, 'Protest,' and the Twelve-Tone Row"
Dystopian Literature: A Theory and Research Guide By M. Keith Booker Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian's tip: "Theodor Adorno (1906-1969)" begins on p. 11
Theodor W. Adorno: Portrait of a Marxist Mandarin By Traverso, Enzo Queen's Quarterly, Vol. 111, No. 4, Winter 2004
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