Theodor W. Adorno

1903 - 1969

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Theodor W. Adorno (; German: [ˈteːodoːɐ̯ ʔaˈdɔɐ̯no] (listen); born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund; September 11, 1903 – August 6, 1969) was a German philosopher, sociologist, psychologist, musicologist, and composer known for his critical theory of society. 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 1,601,146 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Theodor W. Adorno is the 4th most popular sociologist, the 101st most popular biography from Germany 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 54Before him are Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, and Pierre Bourdieu. After him are Georg Simmel, Talcott Parsons, Robert K. Merton, Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, and Karl Mannheim.

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

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Among people born in Germany, Theodor W. Adorno ranks 101 out of 5,289Before him are Ernst Haeckel (1834), Nikolaus Otto (1832), Leopold Mozart (1719), Heinrich Böll (1917), William Herschel (1738), and Wilhelm Wundt (1832). After him are Walter Benjamin (1892), Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Clara Schumann (1819), Albert, Prince Consort (1819), Carl Orff (1895), and Erich Honecker (1912).


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), Amitai Etzioni (1929), Andre Gunder Frank (1929), and Juan José Linz (1926).