- 2010: John Abromeit, "The Limits of Praxis: The Social-Psychological Foundations of Theodor Adorno’s and Herbert Marcuse’s Interpretations of the 1960s Protest Movements," in: Belinda Davis et al (eds.), Changing the World, Changing Oneself: Political Protest and Collective Identities in West Germany and the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s (Berghahn, 2010), chapter 2. E183.8.G3 C347 2010
- 2010: John Abromeit, "Left Heideggerianism or Phenomenological Marxism? Reconsidering Herbert Marcuse's Critical Theory of Technology," in: Constellations 17:1(March 2010), 87–106. (20 page pdf)
- 2010: Rodney Fopp, "'Repressive Tolerance': Herbert Marcuse’s Exercise in Social Epistemology," in: Social Epistemology: A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy 24:2(2010), 105-122. (doi)
- Abstract: When Herbert Marcuse’s essay titled “Repressive tolerance” was published in the mid-1960s it was trenchantly criticised because it was anti-democratic and defied the academic canon of value neutrality. Yet his argument is attracting renewed interest in the 21st century, particularly when, post 9/11, the thresholds or limits of tolerance are being contested. This article argues that Marcuse’s original essay was concerned to problematise the dominant social understandings of tolerance at the time, which were more about insisting that individual citizens tolerate government policy than governments encourage debate and dissent. The article shows how Marcuse attempted to demonstrate the social production of knowledge about tolerance, and how he diagnosed the social function performed by “impartiality” and “relativism,” and by “neutrality” and “objectivity,” which contributed to tolerance being repressive. In the sense that he was concerned about what counted socially as tolerance, and how it was socially defended and justified, his article can helpfully be conceived as an exercise in social epistemology.
- 2010: Giacomo Francini, "Die Frage nach der Technik von Martin Heidegger und die technologische Rationalität nach Herbert Marcuse: Die Ansichten zweier kontroverser Wissenschaftskritiker" (Studienarbeit, 2009, Zurich), 15 pages (Grin Verlag page; google books preview)
"Levinas, Benjamin, Agamben, Marcuse The Erotic Attitude Toward Nature and Cognitive Existentialism," in: Telos 152(Fall 2010), 145-160.
- Editorial: "Dimitri Ginev takes a new look at Herbert Marcuse's search for a new science, and he shows how the development of non-instrumental, dialogic, and erotic relations to nature, especially in contemporary ecosystems ecology, inherits Marcuse's utopian search. We should however also ask what resonates between the hermeneutic critique of science and the hesitations on the part of religion toward the scientific worldview. Such a connection, between religion and other critiques of science, is hardly counterintuitive."
- Excerpt: "I. Marcuse's "New Science": In his celebrated critique of "technological rationality," Herbert Marcuse pleads for a "new science" in which an "erotic" attitude toward nature would permit the entities of the natural world to transform in such a manner that they become free to be what they are. Following this line of reasoning in Eros and Civilization, he reaches the conclusion: "To be what they are they depend on the erotic attitude: they receive their telos only in it."1 In addition, the erotic attitude will reveal aesthetic qualities inherent in nature. This view implies a revolutionary change..."
- pdf of full text available for $5 at telos website
- 2010 Molly Hite, "'Fun Actually Was Becoming Quite Subversive': Herbert Marcuse, the Yippies, and the Value System of 'Gravity's Rainbow'," in: Contemporary Literature 51:4 (Winter 2010), pp. 677-702.
- Richard V. Kahn, Critical Pedagogy, Ecoliteracy, and Planetary Crisis: The Ecopedagogy Movement (New York: Peter Lang, 2010) has extensive discussions of Herbert's work over 36 namings (according to a google books search). Here's a sample:
p. 22: "Recently, Latin American tehorists of ecodedagogy have begun to connect their work to the critical theory of Herbert Marcuse *Magelhaes, 2004; Delgado, 2005) ... . As recent critical readers on marcuse assert (Kellner, Lewis, Pierce & Cho, 2008; Abromeit & Cobb, 2004), ecological politics were an important aspect of Marcuse's revolutionary critique, and he should be considered a central theorist of the relationship between advanced capitalist society and the manifestation of ecological crisis."
- 2010 Thomas Marx, Herbert Marcuse, die Triebstruktur, die Gesellschaft und die 68er Bewegung [2006 Seminararbeit, Jena] (Grin Verlag, 2010), 16 Seiten (Grin Verlag page; google books preview)
- 2010 Tim B. Müller, Krieger und Gelehrte: Herbert Marcuse und die Denksysteme im Kalten Krieg (Hamburger Edition, 2010), 736 Seiten
- EUR 35/25 at amazon.de
- Perlentaucher page summarizes a 24 Sept. 2010 review in Frankfurter Rundschau by Rolf Wiggershaus, titled "Dialektik der Aufklärung"
- review by Detlef Claussen,"Herbert Marcuse als CIA-Agent," (TAZ, Feb. 8, 2011). Claussen likes Müller's reading of Herbert's 1950s books (Reason & Rev; Eros & Civ; Soviet Marxism), but says he misinterprets the CIA connection in order to sensationalize it.
- Jacket text: "Was haben linke Intellektuelle wie Herbert Marcuse, Otto Kirchheimer und Franz Neumann mit den amerikanischen Geheimdiensten zu tun? Anfang der 1940er Jahre nimmt eine Gruppe linksintellektueller Emigranten zusammen mit ihren amerikanischen Kollegen, u.a. den Historikern Stuart Hughes und Carl Schorske oder dem Soziologen Barrington Moore, ihre Arbeit für den amerikanischen Kriegsgeheimdienst, das Office of Strategic Services (OSS), auf. Der demokratische Sozialismus der Emigranten verbindet sich mit dem Linksliberalismus der "New Deal"-Denker, was sich zu Beginn des Kalten Krieges in Forschungs- und Strategiepapieren niederschlägt, die im US-Außenministerium gegen die Blockkonfrontation opponieren und für eine Entspannungspolitik optieren. Am Anfang geht es um das nationalsozialistische Deutschland, nach Kriegsende weitet sich der Einsatz auf das gesamte Europa und die Sowjetunion aus. Die Arbeit der linken Denker findet Anerkennung, personelle Netzwerke entstehen. Sie erschließen der Gruppe im Kalten Krieg institutionelle Ressourcen, die ihnen entweder den Weg in die universitäre Welt der Vereinigten Staaten bahnen oder die Fortsetzung ihrer Forschung unter dem Schirm der Rockefeller-Stiftung ermöglichen, häufig in verdeckter oder offener Kooperation mit dem State Department und auch der CIA. Sind vielleicht sogar Kontinuitäten zwischen Marcuses geheimdienstlicher Gegnerforschung und seiner Kritik der westlichen Moderne, die er seit Beginn der 1960er Jahre radikalisierte, zu entdecken?"
- 2010 Portuguese: Robespierre de Oliveira, "A dialética da libertação: contracultura e sociedade unidimensional," in: CULT (Nov. 17, 2010)
- 2010 Spanish: Jose Manuel Romero, H. Marcuse y los origenes de la teoria critica/ H. Marcuse and the Origins of Critical Theory: Contribuciones a una fenomenologia del materialismo historico(1928) sobre la filosofia concreta(1929)/ Contributions to a Phenomenology of Historic (Plaza y Valdes Editores, 2010), 164 pages. (google books page)
- 2010: Christopher Swift, "Herbert Marcuse on the New Left: Dialectic and Rhetoric," in: Rhetoric Society Quarterly 40:2(26 March 2010), 146-171.
- Abstract: Herbert Marcuse's relationship to the student-activists of the 1960s not only required a different form of discourse from that of his colleague, Theodor W. Adorno, but also indicated the range of conditions that govern political discourse in the academy. Whereas Adorno restricted his political activity almost exclusively to the pursuit of dialectical theory, Marcuse's insistence upon speaking to audiences of activists occasioned a contemporary manifestation of ancient debates over the discursive forms of rhetoric and dialectic. This essay analyzes two different kinds of discourses: (1) a dialectical conversation between Marcuse and Adorno, and (2) a rhetorical address that Marcuse presented to activists. Taken together, these texts reveal the dependence of the academy on more than one form of discourse and suggest that even under our contemporary circumstances, the ancient categories of rhetoric and dialectic continue to operate as counterparts.
- 2010 Italian: G. Battista Vaccaro, Antropologia e utopia. Saggio su Herbert Marcuse (Mimesis, 2010)
- 2010: Hanning Voigts, Entkorkte Flaschenpost: Herbert Marcuse, Theodor W. Adorno und der Streit um die Neue Linke (Berlin: Lit, 2010), 197 pages, bib. pp. 185/197.
- 2010: Emil Walter-Busch, Geschichte der Frankfurter Schule : kritische Theorie und Politik ( München: Fink, 2010), 262 pages, bib. pp. 245/255.
- 2011: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Emancipation [electronic resource] Marcuse, Herbert, 1898-1979 (London/New York : Routledge, 2011).
- 2011: Frank Biess, "Gewalt der Toleranz, Toleranz der Gewalt: Herbert Marcuse: Repressive Toleranz (1965)," in: Gewalt und Gesellschaft: Klassiker modernen Denkens neu gelesen: Bernd Weisbrod zum 65. Geburtstag (Wallstein, 2011), 285-293. (5 page pdf)
- 2011: Richard C. Box, "Marcuse Was Right: One-Dimensional Society in the Twenty-First Century," Administrative Theory & Praxis 33:2(2011),
- Abstract: The concept of one-dimensionality identified oppressive characteristics of societies in the 1960s, suggesting that they could intensify over time until few people are able to imagine alternatives. This concept and its related body of work are largely forgotten today, associated with a time and set of circumstances that have passed. This article argues that instead of disappearing, onedimensionality has matured and become commonplace, fulfilling Marcuse's vision of a society that lacks reflexive knowledge and capacity to change. The article describes three aspects of a onedimensional society—work, aggressiveness, and public affairs— and asks whether we are trapped in one societal dimension.
- 2011: Charles Howard (chaplain at UPenn), Huffington Post blog entry "Angela Davis: Power to the Imagination" on Davis's keynote address at the 2011 International Herbert Marcuse Society Conference.
- 2011: Jürgen Habermas, "Grossherzige Remigranten: Über jüdische Philosophen in der frühen Bundesrepublik. Eine persönliche Erinnerung," in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung (July 2, 2011) .
- 2011: Nancy J. Holland, "Looking Backwards: A Feminist Revisits Herbert Marcuse's 'Eros and Civilization'," in: Hypatia 26:1 (Winter 2011), pp. 65-78.
(14 page pdf)
- Abstract: "This paper reconsiders Marcuse's Eros and Civilization from the perspective of Gayle Rubin's classic article "The Traffic in Women." The primary goals of this comparison are to investigate the social and psychological mechanisms that perpetuate the archaic sex/gender system Rubin describes under current conditions of post-industrial capitalism; to open possible new avenues of analysis and liberatory praxis based on these authors' applications of Marxist insights to cultural interpretations of Freud's writings; and to make clearer the role sexual repression continues to play in all forms of oppression, even in a public world seemingly saturated with sex."
- 2011: George Katsiaficus, "Eros and Revolution" Paper Prepared for the Critical Refusals Conference of the International Herbert Marcuse Society Philadelphia, October 28, 2011. Available on the web at ErosEffect.com.
- 2011 Portuguese: Luis Gustavo Guadalupe Silveira (Brazil), Alienação artística: Marcuse e a ambivalência política da arte (Porto Alegre: Edipucrs, 2010), 144 pages.
- The title translates as: Artistic Alienation: Marcuse and the Political Ambivalence of Art
- Blurb: The ambivalent political nature of art, presented by Marcuse in texts spanning five decades of intellectual production (1937-1979), is the object of study of this book.
- 2009 Master's thesis as 166 page pdf
- B$ 20 at ABEU and at Livraria Cultura
- Synopsis: 'Alienação artística' apresenta uma pesquisa que investiga a relação entre filosofia e arte nos escritos de Herbert Mascuse - autor cujo pensamento interliga teoria social, política, arte e práxis transformadora. Neste emaranhado teórico, sobressaem as reflexões estéticas. Como a arte poderia ser instância de crítica e negação da realidade ou mesmo de sua afirmação? O autor postula que essa questão só pode ser respondida ao se levar em conta o caráter 'alienador' da arte.
- 2011: Charles Reitz and Stephen Spartan, "Critical Work and Radical Pedagogy: Recalling Herbert Marcuse," 44pages; paper presented at the 2011 Critical Refusals conference of the International Herbert Marcuse Society.
- Reitz wrote in Oct. 2011: "This is a discussion document that can also be seen as supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement through critical analysis and by invoking some of Herbert Marcuse's most radical statements and ideas."
- $15 on amazon.com
- 2012: The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978: Dialogues on Hegel, Marx, and Critical Theory, edited by Kevin B. Anderson, Russell Rockwell (Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, 2012), lix, 269 pages, includes bibliographical references and index.
UCSD: JC233.M299 D86 2012
- Part one. The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse correspondence, 1954-78: the early letters: debating Marxist dialectics and Hegel's absolute idea; Dunayevskaya's Marxism and freedom and beyond; on technology and work on the eve of Marcuse's One-dimensional man; the later correspondence: winding down during the period of the New Left
Part two. The Dunayevskaya-Fromm correspondence, 1959-78: the early letters: on Fromm's Marx's concept of man and his socialist humanism symposium; dialogue on Marcuse, on existentialism, and on socialist humanism in Eastern Europe; on Hegel, Marxism, and the Frankfurt School in the period of Dunayevskaya's philosophy and revolution; the final letters: on critical theory and on Rosa Luxemburg, gender, and revolution
- review by Bryant William Sculos in: Political Studies Review 12:2(May 2014), 249–250
- 2012 Spanish: Luis Diego Fernandez, "El rescate de un hedonismo libertario," in Ideas
- La reedición de tres obras clave de Herbert Marcuse expone el pensamiento de uno de los portavoces del “freudomarxismo”.
- 2012: Christian Garland, "Negating that which Negates us: Marcuse, Critical Theory and the New Politics of Refusal," (forthcoming 2012/13) in Radical Philosophy Review. Version of paper presented as part of Panel 24: ‘Looting, Refusing, Negating, Embodying’, 'Critical Refusals’ Fourth Biennal Conference of the International Herbert Marcuse Society, University of Pennsylvania, 27-29 October 2011. (pdf)
- 2012 Italian: Raffaele Laudani (ed.), Il nemico tedesco: Scritti e rapporti riservati sulla Germania nazista (1943-1945) by Franz Neumann, Herbert Marcuse, Otto Kircheheimer (Bologna: Il mulino, 2012), 559 pages. Original English sources in Italian translation.
- 2013 published by Princeton in English, see below.
- 2012: Malcolm Miles, Herbert Marcuse: An Aesthetics of Liberation (London: Pluto, 2012), 194pp.
- 2012 Internet: Glenn Wallis, "The Power of Negative Thinking," Nov. 12, 2012 post on SpeculativeNonBuddhism.com.
- Glenn Wallis holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from Harvard University. He is the author of Mediating the Power of Buddhas. From the text:
- "One of the animating ideas of the non-buddhism critique is that contemporary x-buddhism persistently “denies its own promises and potentialities.” That phrase is from Herbert Marcuse’s 1960 essay “A Note on Dialectic.”* In this post, I will briefly present Marcuse’s notion of dialectical, or negative, thinking. Then, I will suggest ways that readers might use this analytical tool in their own encounters with x-buddhist teachers, literature, on-line sites and beyond."
* The essay served as a preface to the revised edition of Marcuse’s Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory, originally published in 1941.
- 2013: Joseph Cunningham, "Praxis Exiled: Herbert Marcuse and the One Dimensional University," in: Journal of Philosophy of Education 47:4 (December 2013), 537–547, (11 page pdf).
- Abstract: "Leading Frankfurt School theorist Herbert Marcuse possessed an intricate relationship with higher education. As a professor, Marcuse participated in the 1960s student movements, believing that college students had potential as revolutionary subjects. Additionally, Marcuse advocated for a college education empowered by a form of praxis that extended education outside the university into realms of critical thought and action. However, the more pessimistic facet of his theory, best represented in the canonical One Dimensional Man, now seems to be the dominant ideology in the contemporary college experience. With the rise of the corporate university, knowledge is commodified and praxis is supplanted by rampant consumerism.Once a haven for critical theory, the college experience has been overtaken by capitalism, substantially limiting the revolutionary potential for college students in favour of an institutionalised, one dimensional university."
- 2013: Andrew Feenberg, "Marcuse's Phenomenology: Reading Chapter Six of One-Dimensional Man," in: Constellations 20:4 (December 2013), 604–614. (11 page pdf)
- 2013: Andrew Feenberg, "Heidegger and Marcuse: On Reification and Concrete Philosophy," in: F. Raffoul and E. Nelson (eds.), The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger (Bloomsbury Press, 2013), pp. 171-176. (12 pages on academic.edu)
- 2013: Raffaele Laudani (ed.), Secret Reports on Nazi Germany: The Frankfurt School Contribution to the War Effort Franz Neumann, Herbert Marcuse & Otto Kirchheimer, foreword by Raymond Geuss (Princeton University Press, 2013), 704 pages. (PUP website with TOC & pdf of introduction; $40 at amazon.com)
- Publisher's blurb: " During the Second World War, three prominent members of the Frankfurt School--Franz Neumann, Herbert Marcuse, and Otto Kirchheimer--worked as intelligence analysts for the Office of Strategic Services, the wartime forerunner of the CIA. This book brings together their most important intelligence reports on Nazi Germany, most of them published here for the first time."
- Review by John Bew in New Statesman & Society, Aug. 2013: "What do you get when you put three neo-Marxists from the Frankfurt School in the US's Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the CIA? Some of the best analysis of Nazi Germany ever written, says John Bew."
- Some of the reports by Herbert:
2. POSSIBLE POLITICAL CHANGES IN NAZI GERMANY IN THE NEAR FUTURE: (August 10,1943) Herbert Marcuse Pages: 31-37
3. CHANGES IN THE REICH GOVERNMENT: (August 20,1943) Herbert Marcuse Pages: 38-47
5. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PRUSSIAN MILITARISM FOR NAZI IMPERIALISM: POTENTIAL TENSIONS IN UNITED NATIONS PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE (October 20,1943) Herbert Marcuse, Felix Gilbert Pages: 61-73
6. GERMAN SOCIAL STRATIFICATION: (November 26,1943) Herbert Marcuse Pages: 74-92
13. THE GERMAN COMMUNIST PARTY: (July 10, 1944) Herbert Marcuse Pages: 167-198
14. THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF GERMANY: (September 1, 1945) Herbert Marcuse Pages: 199-226
18. POLICY TOWARD REVIVAL OF OLD PARTIES AND ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW PARTIES IN GERMANY: (July 22, 1944) Herbert Marcuse Pages: 285-300
31. THE POTENTIALS OF WORLD COMMUNISM: (August 1,1949) Herbert Marcuse Pages: 591-610
- Reviewed by Martin Woessner in Central European History 47:3(Sept. 2014)
- 2013 Italian: Debora Neri, Torno così ai Beatniks: Immaginazione critica e rivolta nell'estetica dell'esistenza da Marcuse alla Beat Generation ['Thus I Return to the Beatniks: Critical Imagination and Revolt in the Aesthetics of Being from Marcuse to the Beat Generation'](Edizioni Tracce, 2013), 224 pages (Tracce book page).
Google translate's version of the blurb on that site:
"From the back cover: A clear, smooth, syntactically well-made text, and the success of the writing also depends on the type of interest from which the author was solicited and which is set out clearly in the conclusion: to rediscover a sense of "currency" and political, to the set of ideas that can be drawn from the convergence between the issues and Marcusian reactive anxieties and creativity of the Beat Generation. Marcuse's thought and experience of the three main representatives of the Beat movement were focused aspects that best lend themselves to communicate such different cultures, and the different portrait of Burroughs, Kerouac and Ginsberg are well written. Pages on bop writings, on interior jazz, are convincing, the theme of the aesthetics of spontaneity, of the inherently political vocation of art, is clearly a central focus. A good work, an example of "caught journalism", capable of restoring an overview of some important phenomena such as to urge readers to the need to know more. I imagine that for many young people today, reading a similar work would be much more profitable than that of a study with greater critical pretensions.
Nicola Auciello, Professor of History of Modern Philosophy, University of Salerno
Debora Neri was born in Sulmona in 1982. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy in 2006 with a thesis titled " Existence in Sartre and Dostoevsky" and a Master's Degree in History of Philosophy in 2008 with the thesis One-dimensional Society and its Overcoming: A Comparison of the Positions of Herbert Marcuse and Jack Kerouac. This book is an extension and integration of her 2008 thesis. It combines the work of philosophical-historical research, which specifically engages the author (the thought of Herbert Marcuse), with a passion for the literature of American beat. Neri is currently working on a project to analyze the philosophical speculation of the young Marcuse and, specifically, his humanistic Marxism, through a critical examination of his texts from 1928 to 1941 in comparison with the works of thinkers who had the greatest impact on their formation, i.e. Marx, Hegel, Heidegger, Dilthey, Lukács and Korsch."
- 2013: Geoff Pfeifer, "Marcuse, Herbert," in: The International Encyclopedia of Ethics
- 2013: Charles Reitz (ed.), Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren (Lexington Books, 2013), 332 pages. ($95 at amazon; $70 at oneclass [9/2013])
- Publisher's webpage with Table of Contents
- Blurb: This book "advances Marcuse scholarship by presenting four hitherto untranslated and unpublished manuscripts by Herbert Marcuse from the Frankfurt University Archive on themes of economic value theory, socialism, and humanism. Contributors to this edited collection, notably Peter Marcuse, Henry Giroux, Peter McLaren, Zvi Tauber, Arnold L. Farr and editor, Charles Reitz, are deeply engaged with the foundational theories of Marcuse and Marx with regard to a future of freedom, equality, and justice. Douglas Dowd furnishes the critical historical context with regard to U.S. foreign and domestic policy, particularly its features of economic imperialism and militarism. Reitz draws these elements together to show that the writings by Herbert Marcuse and these formidable authors can ably assist a global movement toward intercultural commonwealth. The collection extends the critical theories of Marcuse and Marx to an analysis of the intensifying inequalities symptomatic of our current economic distress. It presents a collection of essays by radical scholars working in the public interest to develop a critical analysis of recent global economic dislocations. Reitz presents a new foundation for emancipatory practice—a labor theory of ethics and commonwealth, and the collection breaks new ground by constructing a critical theory of wealth and work. A central focus is building a new critical vision for labor, including academic labor. Lessons are drawn to inform transformative political action, as well as the practice of a critical, multicultural pedagogy, supporting a new manifesto for radical educators contributed by Peter McLaren. The collection is intended especially to appeal to contemporary interests of college students and teachers in several interrelated social science disciplines: sociology, social problems, economics, ethics, business ethics, labor education, history, political philosophy, multicultural education, and critical pedagogy."
- 2013: Federico Sollazzo, "Through Sartre and Marcuse: For a Realistic Utopia," in: Annals of Philosophy of the University of Craiova n. 31(2013), pp. 90-100. (cropped, archived pdf)
- 2013: Federico Sollazzo, "Marcuse lettore de L'être et le néant di Sartre," in: Annals of Philosophy of the University of Craiova, n. 32(2013), pp. 41-51. (cropped, archived pdf) [Marcuse reads Sartre's On Being and Nothingness'--1943 book, see Wikipedia Being & Nothingness page]
- 2013: Antje Wichtrey, Herbert Marcuse. Versprechen, dass es anders sein kann. Promise that it can be different; paintings, afterword by Peter-Erwin Jansen. Bilingual reprint of the one-of-a-kind art book by about Hebert Marcuse. (Frankfurt: Edition Boot, 2013), € 25 / $ 30.
- The book can be purchased by contacting Peter-Erwin Jansen via email: petererwinjansen(a)aol.com.
- You can see 4 (of 15) double page spreads at Anthe Wichtrey's website.
- The quotation text in this sample image reads:
"Rationality is indeed an essential aspect of art: making present (re-present) that which is repressed, hidden, distorted - not as end in itself but as elements in the creation of the aesthetic universe--the universe of form. For it still holds true: form is the triumph over the destructive disorder, and order, the banning of fear."
- 2014: Ron Aronson, "Marcuse Today Fifty years later, 'One-Dimensional Man' is more prescient than its author could have imagined," in: Boston Review (Nov. 17, 2014). [about 10 printed pages]
- 2014: Alberto Hijar, "Notes on Utopia and the Aesthetic Dimension," Third Text 28:3(2014), 322-330. (doi)
- Abstract: This article addresses aesthetics in Latin America through an exploration of the meaning and impact of ideological theories proposed by thinkers including Karl Marx, Herbert Marcuse, Immanuel Kant and Sigmund Freud. It looks at the implications that these theories have for aesthetics as a critique of society and the potential of revolutionary utopian strategies to counter the capitalist law of value.
- 2014: Brian O'Connor (University College Dublin), "Play, Idleness and the Problem of Necessity in Schiller and Marcuse," in: British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22:6(2014), 1095-1117. (doi)
- Abstract: The central concern of this paper is to explore the efforts of Schiller's post-Kantian idealism and Marcuse's critical theory to develop a new conception of free human experience. That conception is built on the notion of play. Play is said to combine the human capacities for physical pleasure and reason, capacities which the modern world has dualized. Analysis of their respective accounts of play reveals its ambivalent form in the work of both philosophers. Play supports the ideal of ‘freedom from necessity’, understood as a release from all external constraint. But it also appears to serve as a model for ‘freedom as a higher necessity’. In the case of Schiller, the ambivalence encompasses idle play and an obligation to make ourselves worthy of freedom. For Marcuse, play represents a kind of libidinal idleness while also underpinning a non-alienated conception of labour.
- 2014: Bradley J. Macdonald, "Marcuse, Herbert (1898–1979)," in: The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (2014)
- 2014: Stephen J. Whitfield, "Refusing Marcuse: 50 Years After One-Dimensional Man," in: Dissent (Fall 2014). [about 7 printed pages]
- 2014: Nick Thorkelson, "The 50-Year-Old One-Dimensional Man," published on the Dissent blog, Nov. 2014. [4 page comic]
- 2015: Agnieszka Bates, "The ‘Great Refusal’? A Marcusian response to the Bright Blue vision of education in the ‘Big Society’," in: Journal of Educational Administration and History 47:4(2015), 350-366. (doi)
- Abstract: The modernisation of education and other public services remains a major political objective of the current Coalition government in the UK. This paper focuses on Tory Modernisation 2.0, a blueprint for the second stage of the public sector reform produced by the Conservative pressure group, Bright Blue. From the critical theory perspective expounded by Herbert Marcuse, the Conservative vision of the ‘Big Society’ is a one-dimensional conceptualisation of social relations. In the guise of pragmatic, sensible prescriptions for how the institutions of society should be reformed, Tory Modernisation 2.0 advocates an acceleration of marketisation, which is both potentially destructive and irreversible. Against the backdrop of a bleak, one-dimensional society promoted by the Conservative Party, education has become a site of struggle between what Marcuse terms the dialectic of domination and the ‘Great Refusal’.
- 2015: Shannon Brincat and Damian Gerber, "The Necessity of Dialectical Naturalism: Marcuse, Bookchin, and Dialectics in the Midst of Ecological Crises," in: Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 47:4(Sept. 2014), pages 871–893. (pdf)
- Abstract: In the wake of ecological crises, there has been a resurgence of interest in the relation between dialectical thought and nature. The work of Herbert Marcuse and Murray Bookchin offers unique approaches to this question that remain highly relevant. In the first half of the article, we engage with Marcuse's application of the dialectical method in which he gestured to the “vital need” to push beyond the appearance of “the real” and yet lamented the loss of the ability for negative thinking to pierce the dominance of the “technical apparatus” that tied humanity to this “radical falsity”. Here, we suggest the need for a more holistic dialectical understanding of the social totality—one that is directly located within, and takes as foundational, the environmental conditions of human society. In the second half, we examine Murray Bookchin's conception of “dialectical naturalism” as a more thorough engagement with the human/nature relation that surpasses Marcuse's late engagements with ecologism. In particular, we offer critical reflections on the concept of “nature” in the contemporary ecology movement and illustrate how dialectical naturalism is capable of not only transcending dualistic conceptions of “man/nature” but in expanding our awareness of the potentialities of history along what Bookchin terms the “libertory pathways” to a restorative relation between human “second nature” and biological “first nature”. We posit that systemic, interconnected and accelerating ecological crises (climatic, biospheric and oceanic) form the objective and absolute contradiction of contemporary global social life that compels an awareness of the potentialities of an ecological society. Only through this awareness can we break through the reified “solutions” that have often plagued the ecology movement, bringing about the urgent social and ecological transformation that our species requires for its liberation and long-term survival.
- 2015: Charles Reitz and Peter-Erwin Jansen (eds.) Paris Lectures at Vincennes University, 1974: Global Capitalism and Radical Opposition (CreateSpace editor publication, 2015), 142 pages. (contents) ($20 on CreateSpace; same price on amazon where you might get free shipping)
- Blurb: "This volume advances Marcuse scholarship by presenting seven newly discovered, hitherto unpublished, lectures to students at Vincennes University, a branch of the Sorbonne. Marcuse's critical analysis focuses on core features of American society, its political economy, its culture, and the potential attainability of a free socialist future. These 1974 manuscripts were found in 2014 in the Marcuse archive at the University of Frankfurt by Peter-Erwin Jansen. Jansen and Charles Reitz edited and annotated the lectures for publication. Commentary by Sarah Surak, Detlev Claussen, and Douglas Kellner illuminates the historical context of Marcuse's theoretical perspective and his relevance to contemporary movements for social change."
- 2016: Special issue of New Political Science 38(4):
"Marcuse in the Twenty-First Century: Radical Politics, Critical Theory, and Revolutionary Praxis"
- Robert Kirsch & Sarah Surak, "Introduction," 455-464
- Arnold L. Farr, Amahlia L. Perry-Farr & Louisa N. Perry-Farr , "Meeting report Conference Plenary: When Liberation Movements Become One-Dimensional: On Critical Theory and Intersectionality," 465-475.
- Robert Kirsch, " Introduction: The Rationality of Philosophy Herbert Marcuse," 476-484
- Beyond the One-Dimensional University: A Marcusean Critique of Outcomes Assessment Brandon Absher Pages: 485-500
- Critical Pedagogy in the Neoliberal University: Reflections on the 2015 York University Strike through a Marcusean Lens Dean Caivano, Rodney Doody, Terry Maley & Chris Vandenberg Pages: 501-515
- The Counterrevolutionary Campus: Herbert Marcuse and the Suppression of Student Protest Movements Bryant William Sculos & Sean Noah Walsh Pages: 516-532
- Displaying Garbage: Installations as Spaces of Domination and Resistance Sarah Surak Pages: 533-546
- Herbert’s Herbivore: One-Dimensional Society and the Possibility of Radical Vegetarianism Katherine E. Young Pages: 547-560
- Are We the Walking Dead? Zombie Apocalypse as Liberatory Art Nancy D. Wadsworth Pages: 561-581
- Marcuse: A Critic in Counterrevolutionary Times Silvio Ricardo Gomes Carneiro Pages: 582-597
- Aaron Major, Book review Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren Pages: 598-599
- David Schultz, Book review The Dialectics of Liberation Pages: 600-602
- Jeffery L. Nicholas, Book review Paris Lecture at Vincennes University, 1974: Global Capitalism and Radical Opposition Pages: 602-604
- Douglas Kellner, Rapid communication Afterword Pages: 605-606
- 2016: Julian Eagles, "The Situationists, Marcuse and the “Great Refusal” of the “Hopeless Cases”: The Socially Marginalized, Rebellion and Revolution," in: International Critical Thought (2016), 1-26. (doi)
- Abstract: This article looks at two theories—developed (roughly speaking) during the same historical period (largely from the 1950s to the 1970s)—which deal with the issue of the socially marginalized, rebellion and revolution: that of the Situationist International and that of Herbert Marcuse. The article examines both the Situationists' and Marcuse’s thought as regards the social structure of advanced capitalist society and the prospects for “proletarian” revolution in the United States and Europe. Further, the article compares and contrasts the Situationists' and Marcuse’s ideas about revolution in the realm of culture. Finally, the article reflects on the relevance of Situationist and Marcusean ideas—concerning the “great refusal” of the “hopeless cases”—in the post-2008 period.
- 2016: Casey Ryan Kelly, "Chastity for democracy: Surplus repression and the rhetoric of sex education," in: Quarterly Journal of Speech 102:4(2016), 353-375. (doi)
- Abstract: Moving from opposition to participation, the Adolescent Family Life Act (1981) and the development of abstinence education marks the conservative movement's pivot to a rhetorical strategy of tolerance that enabled it to coopt the public culture of sex discourse. Working from Herbert Marcuse's theory of “surplus repression,” I argue that the New Right seized the liberationist argument for open public discourse about sexuality to sublimate libidinal desires into a national project of familial (re)productivity. The AFLA is significant in the rhetorical history of sex education because it demarcates the transition to a productive form of biopolitics that sought to manage sexuality by instrumentalizing rather than censuring bodily desire. Conservative sex talk illustrates how Eros—transgressive, creative, and erotic desires—is channeled into the discursive production of hyper-functional subjects invested in their own subjugation.
- 2016: Andrew Lamas, Todd Wolfson and Peter Funke (eds.), The Great Refusal: Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Movements (Philadelphia: Temple, 2016), 410 pages. ($40 at amazon, w/ preview)(pdf flyer).
- The cover shows a sculpture of Sisyphus by the contemporary British sculptor Jane McAdam Freud, a great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud and the daughter of the painter Lucian Freud. (JMF's wikipedia page)
- Book mentioned and concept discussed over several paragraphs in the Jan. 20, 2017 New Yorker by Emily Eakin, "What Can Artists Accomplish by Saying No to Trump?" Eakin states: Marcuse "remains one of few contemporary thinkers to have articulated a political theory of refusal."
- Book blurb: Herbert Marcuse examined the subjective and material conditions of radical social change and developed the “Great Refusal,” a radical concept of “the protest against that which is.” The editors and contributors to the exciting new volume The Great Refusal provide an analysis of contemporary social movements around the world with particular reference to Marcuse’s revolutionary concept.
The book also engages—and puts Marcuse in critical dialogue with—major theorists including Slavoj Žižek and Michel Foucault, among others. The chapters in this book analyze different elements and locations of the contemporary wave of struggle, drawing on the work and vision of Marcuse in order to reveal, with a historical perspective, the present moment of resistance. Essays seek to understand recent uprisings—such as the Zapatistas in Mexico, the Arab Spring, and the Occupy movement—in the context of Marcuse’s powerful conceptual apparatus. The Great Refusal also charts contemporary social movements against global warming, mass incarceration, police brutality, white supremacy, militarization, technological development, and more, to provide insights that advance our understanding of resistance today.
- 2016: Malcolm Miles, "Eco-aesthetic dimensions: Herbert Marcuse, ecology and art," in Cogent Arts & Humanities 3:1(2016). (doi: pdf)
- Abstract: In his last book, The Aesthetic Dimension (1978), Marcuse argued that a concern for aesthetics is justified when political change is unlikely. But the relation between aesthetics and politics is oblique: “Art cannot change the world, but it can contribute to changing the consciousness … of the men and women who could change the world.” (p. 33). Marcuse also linked his critique of capitalism to environmentalism in the early 1970s: “the violation of the Earth is a vital aspect of the counterrevolution.” (Ecology and Revolution, in The New Left and the 1960s, Collected Papers 3, 2005, p. 173). This article revisits Marcuse’s ideas on aesthetics and ecology, and reviews two recent art projects which engage their audiences in ecological issues: The Jetty Project (2014) by Wolfgang Weileder—which used recycled material and community participation to construct a temporary monument within a wider conservation project on the Tyne, N-E England—and Fracking Futures by HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen)—which turned the interior of the gallery at FACT, Liverpool, into what appeared to be a fracking site. The aim is not to evaluate the projects, nor to test the efficacy of Marcuse’s ideas, more to ask again whether art has a role in a shift of attitude which might contribute to dealing with the political and economic causes of climate change.
- 2016: Bryant William Sculos & Sean Noah Walsh, "The Counterrevolutionary Campus: Herbert Marcuse and the Suppression of Student Protest Movements," in: New Political Science 38:4(2016),
- Abstract: With the recent surge of college protests against various forms of economic, political, social, and racial injustice, there have been persistent and pernicious reactions from other students, administrators and public figures that function to undermine the emancipatory impulses animating these demonstrations. The reactions are often justified under the banners of tolerance, chastising students to listen instead of protest. This article, focusing on Marcuse’s concepts of repressive toleration and counterrevolution, evaluates the reactionary responses to these events, as well as the critical potential of this fledgling student sensibility, a burgeoning refusal represented by protest events at American universities. We maintain that many of the calls for tolerance are actually demands for silence and belong to a wider counterrevolutionary phase of late capitalism observed by Marcuse. Bedrock liberties are dialectically inverted whereby speech and toleration are repressively deployed against demands for justice. This article concludes by arguing that it is crucial to the success of this resurgent sensibility for justice—and progress toward a radical socialist movement that coincides with the emancipatory vision of Herbert Marcuse—that the counterrevolutionary character of the responses are demystified.
- 2016: Javier Sethness-Castro, Eros and Revolution: The Critical Philosophy of Herbert Marcuse (Leiden: Brill, 2016) ($28 on amazon)
- Investigating the origins and development of Herbert Marcuse's dialectical approach vis-à-vis Hegel, Marx, and Freud as well as the central figures of the Frankfurt School, Sethness Castro chronicles the radical philosopher's lifelong activism. Beyond examining Marcuse's revolutionary life and contributions, the author contemplates the philosopher's relevance to contemporary struggles, especially with regard to ecology, feminism, and Anarchism.
- 2016: Federico Sollazzo, "The Marcusean Inheritance as a Possibility Not Yet Realized: From a Pre- to a Post-Technological Culture and Society," in «Polis», special issue: "The Contribution of Critical Theory in Understanding Society," F. Sollazzo ed. 4(2016), pp. 25-48.
- 2017: Peter-Erwin Jansen, Sarah Surak and Charles Reitz (eds.); Herbert Marcuse, Transvaluation of Values and Radical Social Change: Five New Lectures, 1966-1976
- Introduction by Terry Maley, commentary by Andrew Feenberg
- Soon available on amazon $20.
- 2017: Eleni Papouli, "The role of arts in raising ethical awareness and knowledge of the European refugee crisis among social work students. An example from the classroom," in: Social Work Education (2017), 1-19. (doi)
- Abstract: This paper presents and discusses an arts-based project, carried out by the first-year students in the classroom, at the Department of Social Work, in Athens, Greece. The project was designed for raising ethical awareness and knowledge of the 2015 Europe’s refugee crisis among social work students. The purpose of this project was three-fold: (1) to help students to better understand the refugee crisis as an emerging problem in Europe and in the rest of the world; (2) to help students raise their ethical awareness about the plight of refugees and to learn how to avoid discrimination and racism; and (3) to improve students’ abilities to work effectively with refugee populations. The project used art-based activities (drawing, writing, photos, etc.) as a powerful pedagogical tool for teaching students and supporting their learning in the classroom. As the literature has shown, the use of arts in social work education helps student to learn through an artistic and creative way and provides a secure base, from which they can explore real-life situations and try to give meaning to them.