Study Guide

Theodor Adorno Biography

Basic Information

Name

Theodor W. Adorno

Nickname

The culture industry dubbed me the German Curmudgeon, but my friends call me the Dialectical Dude. Each suits me and doesn't suit me.

Sex

Male

Home town

Frankfurt am Main. Born there; raised there; returned there after the Nazis got whooped.

Work & Education

Occupation

Philosopher, Social Critic, Sociologist, Musicologist, and Gadfly to the Culture Industry

Education

I went to Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and did some intense study of philosophy, sociology, psychology, and music composition. I wrote my dissertation on Kierkegaard; my advisor was Paul Tillich, a famous existentialist philosopher and theologian.

Beliefs

Political views

I'm totally critical of authoritarian personalities and political structures. I'm influenced by Marx, but I'm not really a Marxist; the guy put way too much emphasis on economics as the source of all our problems. I think there's more to the picture than just economics.

Religious views

My father was a Jew (who converted to Protestantism), and my mother was Catholic. (That was enough for the Nazis to consider me Jewish and to expel me from Germany.) I'm interested in religion, but I'm not exactly religious. I'm more into talking about ethics and morality in general.

Activities & Interests

Likes

Modern Art
Paradoxes
Curmudgeons on Twitter
Criticizing endlessly

Dislikes

What the masses like
Mass Media
Spotify and iTunes
Sameness
Authoritarian personalities
Jazz
Science Fiction

Interests

Dialectics
Marxism
Music
Causing a scene
Glaring at your mediocrity

Groups

Critical Theorists
The Frankfurt School
The Frankfurt Fans of Modern Art
Snobs "R" Us

This is a premium product

Tired of ads?

Join today and never see them again.

Please Wait...