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The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory expounds the development of critical theory from its founding thinkers to its contemporary formulations in an interdisciplinary setting. It maps the terrain of a critical social theory, expounding its distinctive character vis-a-vis alternative theoretical perspectives, exploring its theoretical foundations and developments, conceptualising its subject matters both past and present, and signalling its possible future in a time of great uncertainty. Taking a distinctively theoretical, interdisciplinary, international and contemporary perspective on the topic, this wide-ranging collection of chapters is arranged thematically over three volumes: Volume I: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society Volume II: Themes Volume III: Contexts This Handbook is essential reading for scholars and students in the field, showcasing the scholarly rigor, intellectual acuteness and negative force of critical social theory, past and present.
Chapter 11: Theodor W. Adorno and Negative Dialectics
Theodor W. Adorno and Negative Dialectics
Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund was born in Frankfurt am Main on September 11, 1903. He was the only child of assimilated Jewish wine merchant Oscar Alexander Wiesengrund (1870–1946) and the Catholic singer Maria, born Calvelli-Adorno (1865–1952). When later, in exile, he obtained American citizenship, Theodor took his mother’s maiden name, ‘Adorno’, as his own last name. Adorno grew up well looked after in his educated middle-class home, and developed an almost limitless passion for music under the influence of his mother and her sister Agathe Calvelli-Adorno (1868–1935), who lived with the Wiesengrunds. In his early childhood, Adorno received piano lessons; later he would learn ...