By Herbert Marcuse
Douglas Kellner, Clayton Pierce (eds.)
This assortment assembles a few of Herbert Marcuse’s most vital paintings and provides for the 1st time his responses to and improvement of vintage Marxist methods to revolution and utopia, in addition to his personal theoretical and political perspectives.
This 6th and ultimate quantity of Marcuse's amassed papers indicates Marcuse’s rejection of the present twentieth-century Marxist thought and socialist perform - which he observed as insufficient for an intensive critique of Western and Soviet paperwork - and the advance of his progressive inspiration in the direction of a critique of the shopper society. Marcuse's later philosophical views on know-how, ecology, and human emancipation sat at odds with a number of the vintage tenets of Marx’s materialist dialectic which put the operating category because the primary agent of switch in capitalist societies. because the fabric from this quantity indicates, Marcuse used to be not just a theorist of Marxist idea and perform within the 20th century, but in addition proves to be a necessary philosopher for realizing the neoliberal part of capitalism and resistance within the twenty-first century.
A accomplished creation via 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 supplying very important analyses of his anticipatory theorization of capitalist improvement via a neoliberal restructuring of society. the quantity concludes with an afterword by means of Peter Marcuse.
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See Karl Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1944, Collected Works, vol. 3 (Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1975) pp. 231ff. Marcuse in conversation with Habermas and others, “Theory and Politics: A Discussion,” Telos, 38 (Winter 19789) p. 125. SCP, p. 3. 54 These “revisionist” projects represent attempts to develop an interpretation of Marxism critical of the various Marxian orthodoxies. The “Marxist-Leninist” establishment long remained quiet on the issue of the relation of the 1844 Manuscripts to Marx’s later writings, assigning them a minimal importance in the Marxian corpus; eventually, however, they were forced to engage in heated polemics against those who would found their Marxism on the early Marx.
379. See the repudiation of a reductionistic materialism in Lukács’ History and Class Consciousness, and Korsch’s Marxism and Philosophy; Sartre’s critique of philosophical materialism is The Critique of Dialectical Reason (London: Verso, revised edition 2004). ” Lenin, Bukharin, Stalin, Kautsky and other prominent Marxists followed this line, which became a pillar of orthodox Marxism. See the critique by Karl Korsch in Marxism and Philosophy. Introduction 23 phenomenology. 48 A final possible motivation for Marcuse’s turn to phenomenological existentialism as a mode of new philosophical sustenance for Marxism is his commitment to a concern with the concrete problems of human existence and with the situation of the existing individual (an enduring legacy in Marcuse’s writings from his early interest in phenomenological existentialism).
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. 62–75. Marcuse, “Neue Quellen zur Grundlegung des Historischen Materialismus,” Die Gesellschaft, IX, 8 (1932) pp. 136–74; trans. Joris de Bres in Studies in Critical Philosophy (Boston MA: Beacon Press, 1973, pp. 3–48 (hereafter SCP); page references will be to the English publication, but the translations will often be ours.