Theodor W. Adorno

1903 - 1969

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Theodor W. Adorno ( ə-DOR-noh, German: [ˈteːodoːɐ̯ ʔaˈdɔʁno] ; born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund; 11 September 1903 – 6 August 1969) was a German philosopher, musicologist, and social theorist. He was a leading member of the Frankfurt School of critical theory, whose work has come to be associated with thinkers such as Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, Erich Fromm, and Herbert Marcuse, for whom the works of Freud, Marx, and Hegel were essential to a critique of modern society. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Theodor W. Adorno has received more than 2,296,603 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Theodor W. Adorno is the 4th most popular sociologist, the 113th most popular biography from Germany (up from 119th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Sociologist.

Theodor W. Adorno was an influential German philosopher, sociologist, and musicologist. He is most famous for his critical theory of society, which is a broad term for his work in philosophy, sociology, and musicology.

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Among sociologists, Theodor W. Adorno ranks 4 out of 79Before him are Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, and Pierre Bourdieu. After him are Robert K. Merton, Georg Simmel, Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, and Ulrich Beck.

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Among people born in 1903, Theodor W. Adorno ranks 6Before him are George Orwell, Olav V of Norway, John von Neumann, Konrad Lorenz, and Aram Khachaturian. After him are Georges Simenon, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Mark Rothko, Habib Bourguiba, C. F. Powell, and Fernandel. Among people deceased in 1969, Theodor W. Adorno ranks 4Before him are Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ho Chi Minh, and Karl Jaspers. After him are Walter Gropius, Franz von Papen, Sharon Tate, Judy Garland, Rocky Marciano, Otto Stern, Kliment Voroshilov, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

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Among people born in Germany, Theodor W. Adorno ranks 113 out of 7,253Before him are Caspar David Friedrich (1774), Henry the Fowler (876), Alfred Wegener (1880), Albert Speer (1905), Clara Zetkin (1857), and Bruce Willis (1955). After him are Nikolaus Otto (1832), Walter Benjamin (1892), Charles the Fat (839), Carl Wilhelm Scheele (1742), Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845), and Leni Riefenstahl (1902).


Among sociologists born in Germany, Theodor W. Adorno ranks 2Before him are Max Weber (1864). After him are Georg Simmel (1858), Niklas Luhmann (1927), Robert Michels (1876), Andre Gunder Frank (1929), Amitai Etzioni (1929), Juan José Linz (1926), Lewis A. Coser (1913), Claus Offe (1940), and Louis Wirth (1897).