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Adorno, Theodor Wiesengrund

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_746-1


A German philosopher, social-theorist, musicologist, and literary critic, Adorno (1903–1969) is with Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse one of the most prominent representatives of the first generation of the interdisciplinary and Marxist-oriented movement of thought called Critical Theory, named after a programmatic text of 1937 by Max Horkheimer titled “Traditional and Critical Theory,” and less appropriately the “Frankfurt School,” as it was based in Frankfurt in the Institut für Sozialforschung, an affiliate of Goethe University, directed after Horkheimer by Adorno from 1958 until his untimely death.

The only child of Oscar Wiesengrund, a prosperous Jewish wine merchant, and of Maria Calvelli-Adorno, a Catholic of Corsican descent who became a well-known singer before marriage and from whom Adorno later took his name, relegating Wiesengrund to the initial W., Adorno undertakes studies at the University of Frankfurt in the 1920s on philosophy, music, psychology, and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PhilosophyLaval UniversityQuebec CityCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Gianfrancesco Zanetti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of LawUniversità degli Studi di Modena e Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly