Culture Industry Thesis Adorno
Adorno remained a professor at the University of Frankfurt until his death in 1969. Adorno is generally recognized within the Continental tradition of philosophy as being one of the foremost philosophers of the 20th Century.
His collected works comprise some twenty-three volumes.
, is the most famous and most widely received and discussed concept in the entire tradition of critical theory and the Frankfurt School.
The main reason for the attention that Adorno’s and Horkheimer’s analysis of the culture industry received and still receives can be seen in the authors’ strategy to push the concept of ideology, as it can be found in the early Marx, further into the twentieth century.
Although he wrote on a wide range of subjects, his fundamental concern was human suffering—especially modern societies’ effects upon the human condition.
He was influenced most notably by Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche.
Adorno made many contributions to critical theory, notably his view that reason had become entangled with domination and suffering.
The Institute of Social Research deviated from orthodox Marxism in its argument that social and cultural factors played as important a role as economics in oppression.
Adorno's partial Jewish status was to have an immeasurable effect upon his life and philosophical works. Initially, it appeared that Adorno was destined for a musical career.
During the early to mid 1920s Adorno studied music composition under Alban Berg in Vienna and his talent was recognized by the likes of Berg and Schoenberg.
He argued that humans in modern society are programmed at work and in their leisure, and though they seek to escape the monotony of their workplace, they are merely changing to another piece of the machine – from producer to consumer.
There is no chance of becoming free individuals who can take part in the creation of society, whether at work or play.
However, in the late 1920s, Adorno joined the faculty of the University of Frankfurt and devoted the greatest part of his considerable talent and energy to the study and teaching of philosophy.