Towards a Critical Theory of Society

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Overview

This second volume of Marcuse's collected papers includes unpublished manuscripts from the late 1960s and early 1970s, such as Beyond One-Dimensional Man, Cultural Revolution and The Historical Fate of Bourgeois Democracy, as well as a rich collection of letters. It shows Marcuse at his most radical, focusing on his critical theory of contemporary society, his analyses of technology, capitalism, the fate of the individual, and prospects for social change in contemporary society.

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This volume, the second of Marcuse's collected papers, focuses on his critical theory of contemporary society, in particular his analyses of technology, capitalism, the fate of the individual, and the prospects for social change in contemporary society. It includes some of his most important unpublished manuscripts from the late 1960s and early 1970s. The introduction by Kellner (philosophy of education, UCLA) situates Marcuse's work in the context of his development of a critical theory of society and his relationship to the Frankfurt School. The afterword by a close friend of Marcuse's reflects on his continuing relevance and importance in the present era. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415137812
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Herbert Marcuse: Collected Papers Series , #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Herbert Marcuse and the Vicissitudes of Critical Theory 1
I The Problem of Social Change in the Technological Society 35
II The Individual in the Great Society 59
III The Containment of Social Change in Industrial Society 81
IV Political Preface to Eros and Civilization, 1966 95
V Beyond One-Dimensional Man 107
VI Cultural Revolution 121
VII The Historical Fate of Bourgeois Democracy 163
VIII Watergate: When Law and Morality Stand in the Way 187
IX A Revolution in Values 193
X Letters 203
Herbert Marcuse to Leo Lowenthal, March 26, 1995 207
Herbert Marcuse to Leo Lowenthal, September 9, 1955 208
Herbert Marcuse to Leo Lowenthal, February 16, 1961 209
Leo Lowenthal to Richard Popkin, March 31, 1964 210
Herbert Marcuse to T. W. Adorno, January 24, 1960 212
Max Horkheimer and T. W. Adorno to Herbert Marcuse, February 12, 1960 213
Herbert Marcuse to T. W. Adorno 215
Herbert Marcuse to Max Horkheimer and T. W. Adorno (unsent letter) 216
Herbert Marcuse to Raya Dunayevskaya, August 8, 1960 219
Raya Dunayevskaya to Herbert Marcuse, August 16, 1960 220
Herbert Marcuse to Raya Dunayevskaya, August 24, 1960 226
Frederick Pollock to Herbert Marcuse, December 8, 1960 227
Memorandum: Herbert Marcuse and Frederick Pollock, November 10, 1960 228
Afterword: The Different Rhythms of Philosophy and Politics for Herbert Marcuse on his 100th Birthday 231
Index 239
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