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Theodor W. Adorno
Max Horkheimer (front left), Theodor Adorno (front right), and Jürgen Habermas (in the background, right), in 1964 in Heidelberg
Born (1903-09-11)September 11, 1903
Died August 6, 1969(1969-08-06) (aged 65)
Visp, Visp, Valais, Switzerland
Nationality German
Other names Theodor Ludwig Adorno Wellington
Era 20th century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Critical theory, Marxism
Main interests
Social theory, sociology, psychoanalysis, epistemology, aesthetics, musicology, mass media
Notable ideas
Criticism of "actionism," modernist art opposes the conventional ordering of experience found in the mass media, the paradox of aesthetics, negative dialectics

Theodor W. Adorno (September 11, 1903 – August 6, 1969) was a German sociologist, philosopher, composer, and music theorist.

He designed the F-scale with other researchers at the University of California. This scale tried to measure "the authoritarian personality", the "F" standing for "Fascist". He wrote about this in the 1950 book The Authoritarian Personality. He was a Marxist.

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