One-Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse, ISBN-13: 978-0415289771


One-Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse, ISBN-13: 978-0415289771

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  • Publisher: ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (July 13, 2002)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 336 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 9780415289771
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0415289771

One of the most important texts of modern times, Herbert Marcuse’s analysis and image of a one-dimensional man in a one-dimensional society has shaped many young radicals’ way of seeing and experiencing life. Published in 1964, it fast became an ideological bible for the emergent New Left. As Douglas Kellner notes in his introduction, Marcuse’s greatest work was a ‘damning indictment of contemporary Western societies, capitalist and communist.’ Yet it also expressed the hopes of a radical philosopher that human freedom and happiness could be greatly expanded beyond the regimented thought and behaviour prevalent in established society. For those who held the reigns of power Marcuse’s call to arms threatened civilization to its very core. For many others however, it represented a freedom hitherto unimaginable.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: The Paralysis of Criticism: Society Without Opposition

1. The New Forms of Control
2. The Closing of the Political Universe
3. The Conquest of the Unhappy Consciousness: Repressive Desublimation
4. The Closing of the Universe of Discourse

5. Negative Thinking: The Defeated Logic of Protest
6. From Negative to Positive Thinking: The Logic of Domination
7. The Triumph of Positive Thinking: One-Dimensional Philosophy

8. The Historical Commitment of Philosophy
9. The Catastrophe of Liberation
10. Conclusion

Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) was born in Berlin and educated at the universities of Berlin and Freiburg. He fled Germany in 1933 and arrived in the United States in 1934. Marcuse taught at Columbia, Harvard, Brandeis, and the University of California, San Diego, where he met Andrew Feenberg and William Leiss as graduate students. He is the author of numerous books, including One-Dimensional Man and Eros and Civilization.

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