Theodor W. Adorno (September 11, 1903 – August 6, 1969) was a German philosopher, sociologist, and composer known for his critical theory of society. He was a leading member of the Frankfurt School of critical theory. He is widely regarded as one of the 20th century's foremost thinkers on aesthetics and philosophy, as well as one of its preeminent essayists.
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Because thought has by now been perverted into the solving of assigned problems, even what is not assigned is processed like a problem.
Not only is the self entwined in society, it owes society its existence in the most literal sense.
Normality is death.
Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.
Work while you work play while you play - this is a basic rule of repressive self-discipline.
In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others nor our own powerlessness stupefy us.