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Adorno's language is unsuitable. The argument is basically simple by contrast. Adorno is still vague and general about what 'positivism' is. He gives examples in sociological research or from logical positivism, rather than from critical rationalism. Most of Adorno's material -- the prohibition of fantasy and the rejection of speculation -- is not applicable to Popper, for example. Nor is critical rationalism susceptible to critiques of positivism as subjective.
Adorno's arguments seem to follow 'free association' rather than a specific confrontation with critical rationalism. For example, he fails to grasp Albert's critique of Habermas's inductivism and justificationism, and fails to grasp the actual positions of Weber and Popper on values. However, even he does use formal logic, for example in avoiding contradiction. However, this is nowhere near precise enough and it encourages irrationalism.