By Herbert Marcuse
Douglas Kellner, Clayton Pierce (eds.)
This assortment assembles a few of Herbert Marcuse’s most crucial paintings and provides for the 1st time his responses to and improvement of vintage Marxist ways to revolution and utopia, in addition to his personal theoretical and political perspectives.
This 6th and ultimate quantity of Marcuse's accrued papers indicates Marcuse’s rejection of the present twentieth-century Marxist concept and socialist perform - which he observed as insufficient for a radical critique of Western and Soviet forms - and the advance of his innovative idea in the direction of a critique of the patron society. Marcuse's later philosophical views on know-how, ecology, and human emancipation sat at odds with the various vintage tenets of Marx’s materialist dialectic which positioned the operating classification because the critical agent of swap in capitalist societies. because the fabric from this quantity indicates, Marcuse used to be not just a theorist of Marxist notion and perform within the 20th century, but in addition proves to be a necessary philosopher for knowing the neoliberal part of capitalism and resistance within the twenty-first century.
A entire advent through Douglas Kellner and Clayton Pierce locations Marcuse’s philosophy within the context of his engagement with the most currents of 20th century philosophy whereas additionally delivering very important analyses of his anticipatory theorization of capitalist improvement via a neoliberal restructuring of society. the amount concludes with an afterword via Peter Marcuse.
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Extra resources for Marxism, Revolution and Utopia (Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse, Volume 6)
In a discussion of Marxist materialism, Marcuse argues that the claim that all human products, institutions, ideas, etc. ” Rather: With this claim no optic temporal priority is meant, such that first pure production and reproduction existed and then “cultural” and “spiritual” object regions and ways of behaving came. Rather one must hold fast to this often overlooked basic proposition—existence as a being in the world is always at the same time already “material” and “spiritual,” “economical” and “ideological” (these terms serve only to indicate traditionally differentiated regions).
29. Marcuse told Douglas Kellner that Rosa Luxemburg’s theory of revolution and the events of the Russian and German revolutions decisively influenced his early concept of revolution, which he perceived as a “catastrophic upheaval” and total restructuring of social life (conversation, December 28, 1978). Introduction 33 attempt to justify this position and will later make his ultra-radical ideas the center of heated controversy. In his essay on Marx’s 1844 Manuscripts, Marcuse analyses the role of alienated labor, private property, money, commodities, class domination and reification in capitalist society—ideas that would crucially influence his own theory of advanced capitalism.
Marcuse’s study, which remains one of the best interpretations of the early Marx, 48 49 See Gustav Wetter, Sowjet Ideologie Heute (Frankfurt: Fisher, 1962) pp. 24– 67; the collective work Marxist Philosophy (Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1968) pp. 9–13, 53–83; and R. O. Gropp, Grundlagen des dialektischen Materialismus (Berlin: VEB Verlag, 1970) pp. 17–21, 35–78. The orthodox Marxist Steigerwald follows this line in attacking Marcuse for his “deviation” from philosophical materialism, Herbert Marcuses dritter Weg (Cologne: PahlRugenstein, 1969) pp.