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One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society, 2nd Edition 2nd Edition
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Why is Marcuse so upset about prosperity? Following in the foot steps of Marx, Marcuse is not simply worried about economic exploitation. His basic concern is liberation--a liberation he sees receeding ever further into the distance as modern industrial society (both capitalist and communist) buys off almost all potential opponents through increased abundance. He views modern society as a treadmill where workers are kept enslaved to their jobs by the desire to purchase newer and ever more products produced by their labor. Rather than seeking for liberation, workers willingly put up with the indignities of working for their capitalist (and socialist) masters in hopes of greater material, as oppossed to spritual abundance.
Yet this society is, at its core, irrational, according Marcuse. Written at during the height of the Cold War, Marcuse views the prepartions for World War III as especially telling of the insanity of the current system.Read more ›
Marcuse and the other members of the Frankfurt School, such as Benjamin Nelson, Max Horkheimer, and Theodor Adorno, were profoundly influenced by the work of Karl Marx, including his early work, particularly the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844. In addition, however, they were indebted to Hegel, Freud, and Max Weber. This helps to explain their interest in culture as a vehicle of domination and exploitation.
During the 1960's and early 1970's, Marcuse was the most influential New Left philosopher in the U.S., and probably throughout the world. He voiced the suspicion, however, that he was much more often cited than he was actually read. It seems unlikely that he would be pleased to be remembered as one of the three M's: Marx the prophet, Marcuse his interpreter, and Mao his sword. This sort of mindless slogan mongering was sharply at odds with Marcuse's commitment to rigorous scholarship in the pursuit of truth.
After 40 years, I remember One-Dimensional Man best for two relatively simple but paradoxical notions: rationality is never neutral or disinterested, and freedom can be oppressive and contrary to the development of human potential.Read more ›
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Herbert Marcuse did a great job in creating a distinction between ideology and the state-created set of values that are constantly evolving. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alex Richardson
Frankfurt School tripe that isn't worth the paper on which it's printed. Look, if you're an inquisitive undergrad and want to explore critical theory, then fine, have at it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dasein
One-Dimension Man is one of the well know spearheads of cultural marxism. In a messy mix of marxism and psychoanalysys, Marcuse despises the working class and gives voice to the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hugo G. Zierth
A must read. Many years ago, I had the privilege of taking a course with Dr. Marcuse; it was a conscious raising experience. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dr. Bijan Gilani
Very heady and dynamic. Could lead to action, like a physical training book might motivate to start an advanced regimen superseding the former. Echelons.Published 11 months ago by John Rubens
The world has changed a great deal since Marcuse wrote this poignant book. One of the things he wasn't counting on is the end of the Cold War and how the power base has shifted. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jim Altfeld