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Theodor W. Adorno by Detlev Claussen
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Apr 17, 12

bookshelves: frankfurt-school, biography
Read in March, 2012

I've had this long-term love/hate relationship with Theodor Adorno that stretches back to when I first read him my sophomore year of college. On the one hand, he seemed like an incredibly wise, decent human with a lot to say about how our consciousness is shaped by culture. On the other hand, he seemed like a snobbish fatalist trapped in a normative perspective shaped by his own early childhood.

My opinion is just as split now as it was when I started the book. Clearly, Adorno was a man of many contradictions and flaws. Claussen, to his credit, explores all of them. But Claussen's own opinions on Adorno are poorly articulated, and his thoughts seem profoundly disorganized. I'm glad I read it-- lord, the Frankfurt School must have been a place to be-- but I'm left wanting something more.

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