German philosopher, sociologist, and essayist, member of the "Frankfurt School," a group of intellectuals working at the Institute for Social Research, loosely associated to the University of Frankfurt. Adorno's theories were much based on the writings of Hegel, Marx, and Freud.
Central in his philosophy was the dialectic method of argumentation in which the thought proceeds by contradiction, a collision of ideas from thesis to antithesis. From the opposites a higher truth may be reached by synthesis, which leads to a new thesis and so on. However, Adorno did not believe that all contradictions can be solved and in Negative Dialektik he did not only reject utopian as the possibility of total reconciliation but all permanent concepts. Adorno's other major works include Dialectic of Enlightenment and Aesthetic Theory Maria Calvelli-Adorno was a professional singer, who performed with her sister, a pianist.
Adorno himself was trained in piano by Bernhard Sekles, who also taught the future composer Paul Hindemith While attending secondary school, Adorno studied privately in with Siegfried Kracauer, a German historian, social critic, and friend of the family. In Adorno graduated from the Kaiser Wilhelm Gymnasium and entered the newly founded Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, receiving three years later his doctorate in philosophy in From to he studied music composition under Alban Berg in Vienna.
In he became a lecturer at the University of Frankfurt. His thesis on Kierkegaard's aesthetic appeared in Adorno's friendship and intellectual collaboration with Horkheimer lasted through the following decades of his life. The Institute was founded to the study of Marxism, especially Marx's early writings, and political economy.
He is just less talentend. Sibelius, who was outside "mainsteam" modernism, was incorrectly associated with the "blood and soil" Blut und Boden ideology of Nazism. Adorno never reconsidered his aversion to Sibelius.
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The essay was included in the collection Impromptus The school's cultural criticism and eclectic theories of mass society influenced deeply the New left in the s and s. After the Nazis rose to power, Adorno first fled to Oxford, where he was registered as an advanced student in philosophy. During this period he worked on a study of Husserl's phenomenology and idealism. He worked half-time for the Institute and the other half for the Princeton Radio Research Project, directed by Paul Lazarsfeld, the founder of modern communications research.
Because of its substantial German intellectual refugee population, the town was sometimes called "Weimar on the Pacific". Composing for the Films , a product of Adorno's collaboration with Hanns Eisler , had been encouraged by Bertolt Brecht. It first appreared under Eisler's name alone. When original version was translated and reprinted in West Germany in , Adorno was finally acknowledged as co-author.
They argued that reason has become an instrument of totalitarian control.
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He knows them is so far as he can manipulate them. The writers note that the culture industry has created technological inventions that have made easy the control of the individual consciousness — radio "turns all participants into listeners and authoritatively subjects them into broadcast programs which are all exactly the same Liberalism advocated right of man, allowed the Jews property, but the harmony of society turned against the liberal Jews in the form of the harmony of a national community.
It has in fact been found that anti-Semitism has as much chance in areas where there are no Jews as it does, say, in Hollywood. In one of his post-war essays Adorno made his famous question, is it possible to write poetry after Auschwitz. Throughout his years in the U. Adorno had troubles with publishers who wanted to edit heavily his texts. He worked at the Institute of Social Research, becoming its director in Adorno used to reply, "Exactly, that's just what I think, Max.
From to Adorno was professor of philosophy and sociology at the University of Frankfurt. Safranski, In Adorno received the Goethe Medal. His last years were, however, shadowed by a malicious debate about his activities in the s. Martineau, H. Marx, Karl. Mauss, M. McLuhan, M. Mead, G. Mead, M.
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