Agger, Ben (b.
ca. 1953), Professor of Sociology and Humanities, Director of Center for Theory, Department of Sociology,
University of Texas at Arlington.
- UTA faculty page; relevant publications:
- 1973 "The Aesthetic Politics of Herbert Marcuse," The Canadian Forum(October 1973).
- 1976 "Marcuse and Habermas on New Science," Polity 9:2(1976), 151-181. (pdf)
- 1979 "The Growing Relevance of Marcuse's Dialectic of Individual and Class," in: Dialectical Anthropology 4:2(July 1979), pp. 135-145. (pdf)
- 1979 "Work and Authority in Marcuse and Habermas," in: Human Studies 2:3 (July 1979), pp. 191-208. (pdf)
- 1979 "Mortal Marxism: The Legacy of Herbert Marcuse, " The Canadian Forum (November 1979).
- 1982 "Marcuse's Freudian Marxism," in: Dialectical Anthropology 6:4(June 1982), pp. 319-336. (pdf)
- 1987. "Marcuse's Aesthetic Politics: Ideology-Critique and Socialist Ontology," Dialectical Anthropology 12:3(1988), 329-341.(pdf)
- 1988 "Marcuse's One-Dimensionality: Ideological and Socio-Historical Context," in: Dialectical Anthropology 13:4(1988), 315-329. (pdf)
- 1992 The Discourse of Domination:
From the Frankfurt School to Postmodernism (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern
University Press, 1992), 347 p.
- 1994. "Marcuse and Postmodernity," in Marcuse Revisited, ed. by Timothy Lukes and Steven Bokina (Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 1994), 27-40.
Anderson, Kevin B. (b.
1948), Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.
- His extensive personal website: www.kevin-anderson.com
- UCSB faculty page
- Some publications about Herbert Marcuse:
- "A Preliminary Exploration of the Dunayevskaya-Marcuse Dialogue, 1954 to 79 (with excerpts from their correspondence and comments by Douglas Kellner)," in: Quarterly Journal of Ideology, Vol. 13:4 (1989), link to pdf
- "On Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory: A Critical Appreciation of Herbert Marcuse's Reason and Revolution, Fifty Years Later," in: Sociological Theory 11:3 (Nov. 1993), pp. 243-267 [930k pdf]
- The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978: Dialogues on Hegel, Marx, and Critical Theory (Lexington Books, 2012), 330 pages. ($30 at amazon)
- "Marcuse’s and Fromm’s Correspondence with the Socialist Feminist Raya Dunayevskaya: A New Window on Critical Theory," in: Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture 11:1 (Winter 2012) (full text on KA's website)
- "Resistance versus Emancipation: Foucault, Marcuse, Marx, and the Present Moment," in Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture 12:1 (Winter 20113).
1938), Professor of Humanities, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies,
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
- distinguished Sartre scholar
- graduate student at Brandeis 1962-68: MA 1965, Ph.D. 1968: "Art
and Freedom in the Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre," advised by Henry
David Aiken and Herbert Marcuse.
- Reader for Herbert in the Brandeis History of Ideas Program 1963-64.
- Aronson's Wayne State faculty
- Publication: "Dear Herbert" (A critique of Herbert Marcuse),
in: George Fisher, ed., The Revival of American Socialism (Oxford
University Press, 1971).
- July 2005 reminiscence posted on Doug
Ireland's blog entry:
"Today the most
important effect of studying with [Herbert] and being influenced by him
seems to be the intellectual and political resiliancy I developed. From
Althusser to postmodernism I remained unphased by the various fads and
was able to hold on to a radical, indeed strongly Marxist perspective,
and at the same time not forget that the ultimate political goal was to
join theory and practice. His teaching was so clear, so simple, so powerful.
Like Sartre, he produced few acolytes, many independent thinkers and actors.
My After Marxism  has an extended discussion of my encounter
with him (the "Marxist Itinerary" chapter) as well as a coming
to grips with his heritage in the final chapter."
Barbeitos, Arlindo (b. 1940), Angolan poet ,
(Arlindo do Carmo Pires Barbeitos),.
- many of his works (in Portuguese), subtly portray Angola's struggle of his for independence as well as the harmony between humanity and nature.
- 1965-1969 studies in West Germany
- then taught at several bases of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola during Angola’s struggle for independence.
- Herbert named as mentor in this Apr. 10, 2011 Die Zeit article about Angola.
Roger (b. 1967), philosopher,
sociologist und theoretician of art, author, freelance cultural journalist
und musician. 2005: academic assistant at the Bauhaus University in Weimar.
(b. 1950), Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale
- received her first BA in Istanbul, then a BA in philosophy from Brandeis
in the 1970s, and her Ph.D. from Yale in 1977. She taught the New School
for Social Research 1991-93, Harvard 1993-2000, and since 2000 at Yale.
- Current research on multiculturalism in liberal democracies and transformations
- Selected publications (more
detailed list and biography):
- Critique, Norm and Utopia: A Study of the Foundations
of Critical Theory (Columbia Univ. Press, 1986), 455 pages, UCSB:
B809.3 .B46 1986.
- translator: Herbert Marcuse, Hegel's Ontology and
the Theory of Historicity. Trans. Seyla Benhabib (MIT Press, 1987)
- co-editor: On Max Horkheimer: New Perspectives.
(co-edited with Wolfgang Bonss and John McCole) (MIT Press, 1993).
- co-editor: Habermas and the Unfinished Project
of Modernity: Critical Essays on the Philosophical Discourse of Modernity,
edited by Maurizio P. D'Entreves and Seyla Benhabib (MIT, 1996)
- The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt (Sage
- Transformation of Citizenship: Dilemmas of the
Nation-State in the Era of Globalization (Van Gorcum: Amsterdam, 2000)
- The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in
the Global Era (Princeton , 2002)
- In an April 2013 panel discussion at Clark University, Benhabib spoke of her heritage (from the 2012-13 Annual Report of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, p. 14):
"A Sephardi Jew from “multicultural” Istanbul, whose family history in Ottoman lands goes back to 1492, she had been unfamiliar with the facts concerning Turkey’s anti-Jewish war-time policies. Growing up amid the secular ideals of Kemalism in the late 1950s and 1960s, she embraced her dual Turkish-Jewish identity. Yet, in retrospect, she expressed sadness over the opportunism behind the once strong Turkish-Israeli alliance which sacrificed recognition of the Armenian Genocide for geo-political and economic benefits."
late 1940s), professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism,
former investigative journalist and producer of CBS's 60 Minutes
and PBS's Frontline.
- From Danny
Postel's August 2000 interview with Bergman:
"I studied with
him [Herbert] as a graduate fellow in philosophy at the University of California
at San Diego (UCSD) from 1966 to 1969. It was a Ph.D. program in the history
of philosophy. I completed the written exams but never finished, although
I did stay in touch with him until his death a decade later. Marcuse conducted
a lecture for upper division and graduate students in German philosophy
and a regular seminar on Kant and Hegel. I participated in the seminar
and audited the lecture." (for much more, see the Nov. 2003 Postel
interview [9/2012: web archive version])
- On page
3 of a Jan. 2001 interview with Harvey Kreisler Bergman talks more
in-depth about his theoretical influences and differences by Marcuse.
- 2000 biographical
interview (2001-06, now web archive) by Russell Crowe:
"After getting deeply involved academically in the quest for a "new revolutionary theory" [e.g. Marcuse], I also began to try and figure out what I should do to change things. Then in 1968, students in Rome, Frankfurt, Paris and Berlin demonstrated, struck and shouted the names 'Mao, Marx & Marcuse!" Now the old professor was 70 years old and living in La Jolla, Calif., where he walked to UC-San Diego every morning. Local right-wing vigilantes cut his phone lines, shot at his house while the daily paper editorialized that he should be fired.
Yours truly was one of his graduate fellows in the ph.d. program getting a migraine reading Hegel in the original. One hundred pages an academic year in the seminar. After doing some bodyguard duty and general scheming with my colleagues we joined with some locals in San Diego and started a weekly newspaper.
Our first thought was to use our academic skills and dig into who ran San Diego. The rest is history. . . . "
interview about The Insider;UC
Berkeley web listing
Norman (b. 1926), Emeritus Professor
of Sociology at Georgetown University Law Center, member of the editorial board of The
faculty biography; Wikipedia page
- Contribution to Doug
Ireland's July 2005 blog entry:
"Here are some
brief recollections of Herbert. There is little new to say about his intellectual
and political influence. I have always thought of Eros And Civilization
as a major work, combining historical insight and human imagination. Compared
with the others of the Frankfurt School of his generation, Herbert was
far more cosmopolitan, more committed, more courageous (I think of the
disgraceful episode in which Horkheimer attempted to have the young Juergen
Habermas dismissed from the Institut fuer Sozialforschung because
of his political views.) What I now think of, however, are Herbert's great
human qualities: forthrightness, an enormous capacity for enjoyment, and
a splendid sense of humor.
"I recollect his marvelous talk on Max Weber at the 1964 German Sociological
Association Weber centenary meeting. [published in
New Left Review, March/April 1965, pp. 3-17] Raymond
Aron, Pietro Rossi, Talcott Parsons had given reasonable academic evaluations
of Weber (Parsons, to be sure, had somehow situated him 'beyond ideology,'
a location which would have rendered Weber himself uncomfortable.) Herbert
(seconded by Habermas) delivered a large critique of Weber's Dec[is]ionism,
connecting him to Carl Schmitt, and raised the question of how value-free
the advocate of a value-free social science actually was. He invited the
public to ask if Weber did not bear some responsibility for the intellectual
onslaught on the Weimar Republic which prepared the way for Nazism---which
was, in 1964, a breach of German academic decorum.
"I also remember the way he began the talk, by citing the inscription
over the doorway of the university building, in Heidelberg, in which the
meeting was held: "Dem Lebendigen Geist" (roughly, 'To
The Living Spirit') 'Es gibt Dinge, die man nicht uebersetzten kann.'
'There are phrases which are untranslatable.' I believe that the visit
occasioned some melancholic self-reflection on whether he should have taken
a full-time academic post in post-war Germany. In the end, of course, Herbert
could hardly complain of a lack of influence in Germany and there is hardly
a member of the present government who will not have read his writings.
That he would greet with all of his irony---and so prepare the way for
the next try.
"We were having a drink in the Heidelberger Hof and the singular
conventionality of some of the other guests caught his attention. 'Norman,
reality is its own caricature.'
I also recall a visit to Herbert and Inge, winter of 1969. ... It was snowing
in New England, and I had to cope with ice and fog on Highway 91 as I drove
from Amherst to Hartford airport. The next morning, Herbert and I walked
to the La Jolla campus, with its palm trees, attractive women in Californian
splendor, and tie-less nearness to sensuality. 'Herbert, what a contrast
with New England!' 'Norman, I have always told you, winter is a bourgeois
ideology' ... May his memory be blessed."
(b. 1926). Prof. of Literature emeritus, colleague of Herbert's at UCSD
- lots interview footage in film Herbert's Hippopotamus (film
page on this site)
- Spanish Wikipedia page
- first book: Unamuno, teórico del lenguaje. (El Colegio
de México, 1954)
- his wife Iris was a graduate student at UCSD from 1970 to 1972.
- see: Encuentros en la diáspora: homenaje
a Carlos Blanco Aguinaga, published in October 2003 by Associació
d’Idees – GEXEL. Edited by Mari Paz Balibrea (University of London) in
collaboration with Rosaura Sánchez, Beatrice Pita, and Jaime Concha.
This book is a collection of essays by noted writers who have been inspired
by Carlos Blanco-Aguinaga. It opens with Mari Paz Balibrea’s biographical
essay on Carlos Blanco-Aguinaga and a bibliography of his work, is available
in the department library, courtesy of Rosaura Sánchez. (2002),
256 páginas, ISBN: 84-87478-37-9, 17,50 Euros
- "La trayectoria
vital e intelectual de Blanco Aguinaga desborda los límites de la
academia o, quizá mejor, amplía éstos hasta conseguir
una unidad de trabajo y vida en la que influyen y se retroalimentan vocación
literaria y crítica, convicciones políticas y extraordinarias
Encuentros en la diáspora se compone de artículos
de muy diferente índole, y que pretenden funcionar como representativos
de la amplitud de diálogos y disciplinas que el trabajo y la trayectoria
de este autor ha conseguido abarcar. Quienes colaboran en este volumen
son reconocidas personalidades en sus propias disciplinas, países
y campos de especialización. Amigos y colegas de tres continentes
unidos en este inusitado libro que sólo el hilo conductor de la
amistad y el intercambio intelectual con Carlos Blanco Aguinaga podía
(b. 1948), studied philosophy, sociology, literature and political science
in Frankfurt (Adorno was one of his teachers). He teaches Social Theory
and Sociology of Culture at the University of Hannover.
(b. 1944), activist philosopher and professor in the History of Consciousness
program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has published
on race, class, gender and the prison-industrial complex.
- detailed biography
- for photos see: 2003
Berlin Burial Pictures page (2 pix near bottom) on this site, also
Neues Deutschland article,
article. Sept. 11, 1970 Life magazine cover story (pp. 20-27) with lots of pictures (available on google books).
- 1969, Oct: Herbert Marcuse speech in Sproul Plaza
[sound recording]: University of California, Berkeley, 1969 Oct. 24. 1
sound tape reel [UCB]
- Speech relates to Angela Davis, University of California and students'
roles in society.
- Transcript also available.
- Herbert was interviewed about Angela, in the March 25, 1971 Jet magazine (full text at google books): "Says Angela 'One of Most Nonviolent Persons'"
Davis's agent's web page
- History of Consciousness
department at UC Santa Cruz (AD's
- On Davis, see also: 1988
biography with bibliography (this site);
published autobiography (1988), or this
- short biography
for Black History Month.
- Disinformation.com has an excellent,
comprehensive Angela Davis site.
- You can listen to her read from her book "Blues
Legacies and Black Feminism" on KUSP's
- or peruse a 1996
Mike (b. 1946),
writer, historian, activist, resides in Los Angeles
- detailed biography: Adam Schatz, "The American
Earthquake: Mike Davis and the politics of disaster,"
in: Lingua Franca, Sept. 1997, republished
on Radical Urban Theory:
In 1969, after being fired by Dorothy Healey, the regional
party leader, for hounding the Russian cultural attaché out of the
store--Davis despised the Soviets and didn't like them snooping around--he
enrolled in a teamsters' opportunity program. For the next four years,
he hauled 240-foot trailers filled with Barbie dolls out of L.A., acquiring
an encyclopedic knowledge of the city as well as of Western geography.
In his spare time, he tried to master Marx's Capital and Sartre's Search
for a Method and paid visits to Herbert Marcuse. Fellow
left-wing truckers were rather hard to come by. "At night we'd go
out to topless bars, and I'd blurt out, 'I'm a communist,' and they'd say,
'Dick's a Jehovah's Witness. Let's have another drink.'"
- In a 1990s interview with Mark Dery, "Downsizing the Future: Beyond
Blade Runner with Mike Davis," probably published in Dery's Escape
Velocity (Grove 1997) [$1
used at amazon], and on
Dery's website (alternate link):
"You know, I don't
really know what postmodernism is; I do know that we live in a post-liberal,
post-reformist period where substantive urban reform has been abandoned
and where the liberal positions of the '60s now stand in almost revolutionary
relationship to political discourse in this country. What's being recycled
as postmodernism is Frankfurt School Marxism in its most pessimistic mode,
although admittedly jazzed up with some very interesting thoughts about
new technologies and media. But Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man
still squats on the horizon, shaping the argument; the 'postmodern' disappearance
of the critical subjectivity is pure Marcuse.
Davis: Of course, although I should point out that the malling of public
space doesn't have this kind of Marcuse-ian determinacy,
where the critical consciousness or the rebellious subject is extinguished
in the sweet plunder of intoxicated consumption. Rather, what actually
happens is the definition of new forms of criminality, to the extent that
the social spaces that people--- particularly kids---use are now these
pseudo-public spaces, malls and their equivalents. Increasingly, the only
legal youthful activities involve consumption, which just forces whole
areas of normal teenage behavior off into the margins."
- author of (additional texts available on Radical
Urban Theory website):
- Prisoners of the American Dream: Politics and
economy in the history of the US working class
(London: Verso, 1986)
- ed: The Year Left 2: An American Socialist Yearbook
(London: Verso, 1987)
- and Michael Sprinker (eds.), Reshaping the US left
: popular struggles in the 1980s (London: Verso, 1988)
- et al, ed: Fire in the hearth: the radical politics
of place in America (London: Verso, 1990)
- City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
(Verso, Vintage, 1990)
- LA was just the beginning: Urban revolt in the
United States: a thousand points of light (Open magazine pamphlet
series, no. 20); (PO Box 2726, Westfield NJ 07091), 20 pages
- Beyond Blade Runner: Urban Control, The Ecology
of Fear (full
text at MediaMatic)
(Open magazine pamphlet series, no. 23); (PO Box 2726, Westfield NJ
07091), 20 pages
- Ecology of fear: Los Angeles and the imagination
of disaster (New York : Metropolitan Books, 1998)
- Prisoners of the American dream: politics and economy
in the history of the US working class (Verso, 1999)
- video, in America behind Bars series: Beyond the
prison industrial complex [videorecording]: critical resistance /
[presented by] Deep Dish T.V.
Publisher San Francisco, Calif. : Critical Resistance Video : Public Media
Network [distributor], [1999?] Description 1 videocassette (56 min.)[highlights
from 1998 Berkeley conf.]
- Magical urbanism: Latinos reinvent the US city
(New York : Verso, 2000)
- Late Victorian holocausts : El Nin~o famines and
the making of the third world (New York: Verso, 2001)
- Dead cities, and other tales (New York: New
Press; Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2002)
- Land of the lost mammoths: a science adventure
(Santa Monica, CA: Perceval Press, 2003)
- Under the perfect sun : the San Diego tourists
never see (New York: New Press; distributed by W.W. Norton, 2003)
of Slums," in New Left Review (March-April 2004): "Future
history of the Third World’s post-industrial megacities. A billion-strong
global proletariat ejected from the formal economy, with Islam and Pentecostalism
as songs of the dispossessed."
- The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian
Flu (New Press, 2005)
- "Planet of Slums: Urban Involution and the Informal
- Readings from Marcuse and Davis are included in the University
of Warwick course "Explorations in Critical Theory and Cultural
- Margit Mayer used texts by Davis and Peter Marcuse in a 2002 Berlin
York City and Los Angeles: Contrasting Politics in the Global City."
1998 LA Weekly biography
(b. 1951), sociologist and German Green party co-founder
Dobson, Alan J.,
England (b. 1950s?) (not Alan P. of Dundee, Scotland).
- On July 5, 2005 Dobson wrote the following in this
"I wrote my Ph.D
on Herbert's work at the University of Sheffield UK. I still regulary reread
his work and derive considerable intellectual excitement therefrom. It
is a paradox Herbert would appreciate that the continued relevence of his
work is both a matter for the celebration of his understanding of capitalism
and a source of depression that capitalism has increased its capacity to
secure itself against opposition."
- The British library
catalog copac.ac.uk lists:
The Concepts of Reason and Essence in the Writings of Herbert Marcuse: With Special Emphasis on the Period 1964-1979, Thesis (Ph.D.) -
University of Sheffield, Dept. of Politics, 1989. (copac record search)
- In September 2008 he submitted this manuscript to the Guardian newspaper, which did not publish it--although it offers a nice summary of Herbert's analysis of consumer society and the potential for a utopian revolution: '"Be realistic, demand the impossible:" Alan Dobson examines the ideas of a thinker whose ideas were a major influence upon the student radicals of 1968.' (7 page pdf)
1942), Ariel Dorfman, Chilean-American professor of Literature and Latin
American Studies at Duke University since 1985; playwright, political essayist,
- Dorfman's website at Duke
- He wrote the following message,
included on Doug Ireland's blog:
"I owe so much
to Marcuse - he was the first one, as I can recall, who made me understand
why we had to oppose both the Soviet system and its capitalist twisted
mirror. But I simply have not a moment to spare - and if I were to write
something it should be a real reckoning trying to figure out what was so
deeply right, but also what went wrong. Or maybe simply how we misapplied
Marcuse. I have not given it much thought and should but at the moment
"The only reference in my work which others may find interesting in
this regard is the chapter of Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual
Journey, where I tell the story of our trip to Berkeley from pre-revolutionary
Chile in 1968-69, and then our return to Santiago to join the Allende revolution
which was about to burst onto world history. I deal in that chapter with
how deeply influenced I was by what I lived in the States (which is to
say, by those who were reading and following Marcuse), and at the same
time about how lacking I found those movements in maturity, relationship
with real workers, capacity to comprehend that radical change means engaging
vast sectors of society whose members do not seem to be immediate or obvious
allies. Part of that chapter is a way in which I hint at how sexuality
and revolution tend to have been at odds and should not be, a questioning
of the limits between personal and collective liberation."
Play Death and the Maiden later made into a film directed by Roman
Book Other Septembers, Many Americas: Selected Provocations, 1980-2004
(Seven Stories Press) is an excellent introduction to his work, exploring
the ways Americans apply amnesia to their yesterdays and innocence to their
Book Exorcising Terror: The Incredible Unending Trial of Gen. Augusto
Pinochet, Desert Memories (National Geographic)
Coauthor with his son Joaquin of the novel The Burning City.
(b. 1946), since 1992 professor of Sociology at the University of Giessen (emiritus since 20xx)
homepage with vita, etc. (click on navbar at left)
- 1968-73 studied sociology in Bielefeld and Bochum
- 1983-1989 member of the Institute of Social Research, Frankfurt
- 1989-1997 Director of the Institute of Social Research, Frankfurt
- Selected publications:
- Wissenschaftsorganisation und politische Erfahrung
(Frankfurt 1978), translated as Theory and Politics (MIT 1986)
- Die Demokratische Frage (with Günther
Frankenberg und Ulrich Roedel), 1990
- Demokratie und Schuld, München 1999
Ralph (b. ), "Librarian-Archivist-Information Specialist-Researcher-Scholar." (wikipedia page)
- Dumain's extensive website autodidactproject.org
includes his own and other texts about Herbert's work, including:
(1940-1979), German student activist, was a friend who shared many
elements of Herbert's vision of society, if not how to change it.
Arnold L. (b.
196x?), Associate Professor of Philosophy; Director, Africana Studies Program
- Ph.D. University of Kentucky
- first taught at St. Joseph's University Dept. of Philosophy, Philadelphia
- founder/president of the International Herbert Marcuse Association
- since 2008 at Univeristy of Kentucky Dept. of Philosophy (web page)
- author of Critical Theory and Democratic Vision: Herbert Marcuse and Recent Liberation Philosophies (Lexington Books, Lanham MD, 2009, 196pp
Andrew (b. 1943), formerly at San Diego State University,
since 2003 Professor of the Philosophy of Technology at Simon Fraser University,
Christian (b. ca. 1974), studies computer science; since
ca. 2002 lecturer and research associate at the Institute of Design and
Technology Assessment at the Vienna University of Technology
Norman (b. 1943), Professor Emeritus of Government at the
University of Manchester, former editor of New Left Review.
Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the Hebrew University
- Prof. Jerry Z. Muller, a Marcuse-scholar at the Catholic
University of America in Washington, DC, wrote in this site's guestbook:
student of Herbert's (rather more solid than either Hoffman or Davis) is
Prof. Galia Golan, professor of Russian studies
at Hebrew University, and long a stalwart of Peace Now." (Guestbook,
Oct. 15, 2002)
- born in Cincinnati, Ohio, B.A. Brandeis University, diplome from the
Sorbonne, Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She emigrated
to Israel in 1966 and has been on the faculty of the Hebrew University
since 1967. Active in Peace Now since 1978.
(b. ca. 1979). Avid reader with interest in philosophy. Works
as a security guard in Orange county.
- Registered the domain name herbertmarcuse.com, which
was basically a page of links. The Internet
archive has copies from Sept. 2001 to Sept. 2004.
- His gonsalves.org website includes
an autobiographical essay
in which Brian writes the following:
"The last time that literature induced a major shift in my world view
was 1999; during a brief respite from my depression I first tackled the
philosopher Herbert Marcuse. Associated with the neo-Marxist Frankfurt
School, Marcuse was extremely influential upon the radical Left in the
1960’s. His philosophy is a highly original synthesis of Hegel, Marx, and
Freud. A materialist aestheticism permeates his thought (perhaps this is
what attracted me to it) and yet in his analysis of both society and the
individual there is much depth. Though he is primarily concerned with the
beautiful, the true and the good are not neglected to the extent that they
are in Nietzsche. Marcuse changed my way of thinking by directing my attention
toward the social organism. After years of blind individualism I had forgotten
that I too was part of society and that many of my own problems were of
a universal nature. In Eros and Civilization Marcuse draws attention to
the fact that society demands of its members a level of repression over
and above what is needed to defeat scarcity and provide for the commonweal.
Technology has made feasible a drastic reduction of the amount of overall
labor engaged in by man, opening up the utopian possibility of a society
based around leisure and play. Nevertheless, the culture of toil is perpetuated
by an obsolete work ethic and by the manufacture of false needs through
advertising. People must continue to work full-time in order to buy mass-advertised
gadgets and luxury items. This over-consumption is fostered so as to support
the over-production which keeps everyone working. The absurdities of advanced
capitalism are further explored in Marcuse’s second great work, One-Dimensional
Man. The book’s central point is that modern society’s totalitarian nature
almost excludes the possibility of there arising any genuine opposition
to it. The proletariat, stupefied by mass media, has itself become a counter-revolutionary
force. High art, once a gateway to an alternative dimension, has lost its
transcendental quality through being commercialized. Philosophy also has
lost its ability to oppose society as critical thought forms (as in Hegel
and Marx) have given way to a shallow positivism. Writing in the late sixties,
Marcuse did see a viable oppositional force in the student radicals. He
quickly became their guru.
As I recognized that Eros and Civilization and One-Dimensional Man were
thoroughly applicable to the 1990’s I became angry. Less and less did I
feel guilty about not fitting into this society. More did my alienation
make me determined to fight the establishment. My chance came in December
1999 with the convention of the World Trade Organization in Seattle. I
caught a bus to the city and joined thousands of people protesting the
order of global corporate capitalism. In all honesty it was exhilarating
to take part in that small piece of history. When I got home, however,
my enthusiasm waned. Neither Herbert Marcuse nor memories of Seattle could
keep me from slipping back into my usual depression."
1929) is by far the best known member of this "second generation"
of critical sociologists. On Habermas see the
Abbie (1936-1989), after graduating from Brandeis University
(where he studied with Herbert) in 1959, Hoffman
received an MA from Berkeley. In 1966 he was a member of the Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee, in 1967 a co-founder of the Youth
International Party (Yippie), and was one of the "Chicago Seven"
arrested at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He is best known for
his creative protests, for example in 1967 at the New York Stock and the
Pentagon. In 1987 he was arrested for the 42nd time while protesting CIA
recruitment at UMass.
Axel (b. 1949), professor of philosophy, since 2001 director
of the Frankfurt Institut für Sozialforschung
Ingram, David (b. 19xx), Professor of
Loyola University Chicago since 1987, previously at University of Northern Iowa; "political activist, and close acquaintance of Herbert Marcuse during the last seven years of his tenure at UCSD (1972-1979)."
Doug (b.1946), radical political journalist and media critic.
- Writer and columnist for
the pre-Murdoch New York Post, Village Voice (serving
for seven years as its chief media critic), the New York Observer,
and the Parisian daily Liberation, The Nation, L.A.
Weekly, and other publications. He is also a contributing editor of
POZ magazine and In These Times, and the former media critic for TomPaine.com.
Prior to 1977 he worked on the staff of four presidential campaigns for
liberal Democrats. (See Doug's
- In July 2005 he wrote an excellent 107th
birthday tribute to Herbert on his blog DIRELAND.
In an e-mail to friends and colleagues soliciting reminiscences he wrote
"It just kills
me, when I'm invited to talk to college classes, or groups of younger activists,
that when I mention Marcuse's name, the kids have eyes like refrigerators
-- they've never heard of him. The historical-cultural illiteracy of today's
youth bodes very badly for the future. And dear old Herbert, who has so
much to teach them today, is quite ignored... So, may I ask you to help
light a little candle against this darkness and call attention to him?
I've expanded this post considerably since it was first put up yesterday,
and I think it now has enough material to titillate the younger readers
and make them want to explore his writings...."
Russell (b. 1949), professor of history and education at UCLA (UCLA
- On Oct. 29, 2004, Jacoby wrote the following in an e-mail to Harold
"I just stumbled
upon your HM site. Wow. Very impressive. You know for what it is worth,
I consider myself a student of HM (although I did not study with him.)
He wrote a blurb to my first book ("Social Amnesia"), etc., etc."
- "Marcuse and the New Academics: A Note on Style," Telos
no. 8 (Summer 1971)
- Social Amnesia: A Critique of Contemporary Psychology
(Beacon Press, 1975; Transaction, 1997)($25
- The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the
Age of Academe (1987, 2000)($14
- Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian
Age (Columbia University Press, 2005). ($25
- several other works listed on his UCLA page.
- January 2005
review of Herbert's Collected Papers, vol. 3, published in The
listing of articles Jacoby has written for The Nation
- In January 2013 Kurt Jacobsen of Cold Chicago Productions completed a 55 minute documentary about Russell Jacoby (see ScholarActivists entry), which is available on the "Humanity Explored" online film festival website. It is viewable at: www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/.../Velvet-Prisons--Russell-Jacoby-on-American-Academia.
(b. 1957), studied philosophy, sociology, German studies and political
science at the University of Frankfurt (with Habermas). Editor of Herbert
Marcuse and Leo Löwenthal's unpublished papers.
Since September 2009 Jansen has been teaching courses on Ethics, Introduction
to the Social Sciences, Theories of Social Justice, and Critical Theory at the
Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences) in Koblenz, Germany. (Jansen's
FH Koblenz page)
Jansen page includes detailed information about his publications.
- See also Jansen's
2003-04 homepage (courtesy of the Internet Archive)
- Jansen authored the wikipedia.de
Herbert Marcuse page
- Jansen's suggestions were worked into the Marcuse
biography on LEMO, the website of the German Historical Museum (Berlin),
making it the best concise biography available to date.
- Editor (with the editorial board of Perspektiven) of Zwischen
Hoffnung und Notwendigkeit: Texte zu Herbert Marcuse (Frankfurt:
Neue Kritik, 1999), 181 S.
at Herbert's grave,
- Editor, with the editorial board of "links" magazine, of
Befreiung Denken - Ein politischer Imperativ: Materialien zu
Herbert Marcuse [full title: Befreiung denken, ein politischer
Imperativ: ein Materialienband zu einer politischen Arbeitstagung über
Herbert Marcuse am 13. und 14. Oktober 1989 in Frankfurt; Veranstalter,
"links"-Redaktion, "Tüte"-Redaktion, ASTA/Linke
Liste, Uni Frankfurt, "links"-Redaktion und dem Sozialistischen
Büro. (Offenbach: Verlag 2000,  2nd corrected edition 1990),
This book includes correspondence between Heidegger and Marcuse (full
text on this site) and an article by Jansen about Marcuse's failed Habilitation
with Martin Heidegger.
- Editor of the 6 volume German edition of Herbert Marcuse's unpublished
papers, Nachgelassene Schriften. More information
on this site at pubs/jansen/nachgelassen.htm
zu Klampen's Jansen bio page
A search of the zu
Klampen website with the keyword Marcuse will bring up a page with
detailed descriptions of each volume.
- Article "Student
Movements in Germany, 1968-1984" in Negations 3(1998);
contributors blurb, issue
- Editor of "Das
Utopische soll Funken schlagen: Zum 100. Geburtstag von Leo Löwenthal"
(page now only at Internet Archive).
- October 29, 2009 Keynote
Address : "Establishing
Lives in Exile: Herbert Marcuse and Leo Löwenthal in
the third biennial
conference of the International Herbert Marcuse Society, "Marcuse
and the Frankfurt School for a New Generation"
Unversity, Toronto, Canada).
- In 2013 he co-published a new art book with images based on quotations from Herbert's works:
- Herbert Marcuse. Versprechen, dass es anders sein kann. Promise that it can be different; paintings: Antje Wichtrey, afterword by Peter-Erwin Jansen. Bilingual reprint of the one-of-a-kind art book by Antje Wichtrey about Hebert Marcuse. Edition Boot, Granada· Frankfurt, 2013, € 25 / $ 30.
- The book can be purchased by contacting Peter-Erwin Jansen via email: petererwinjansen(a)aol.com.
- You can see four of the 15 double page spreads at Anthe Wichtrey's website.
- The quotation text in the background of the sample image above reads (in translation):
"Rationality is indeed an essential aspect of art: making present (re-present) of that which is depressed, 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."
Manjur (b. 19xx), Dept. of Sociology, Culver-Stockton
College, Canton Missouri
George (b. 194x), Department of Sociology Chonnam National University, Gwangju, South Korea (CV)
- From a 2008 email: "I knew Herbert pretty well in the 1970s in San Diego and was tremendously influenced by him. Without his presence in my life, I definitely never would have gone to graduate school, or I suspect, taken myself seriously as an intellectual. I contributed the afterword to Vol. 3 of his collected works edited by Doug Kellner and attach a version of that essay."
- His website, www.eroseffect.com.
- Some publications:
- "Marcuse as an Activist: Reminiscences of His Theory and Practice," in: New Political Science 36:7(Summer/Fall 1996) (8 page pdf); also published as "Marcuse as Activist: Reminiscences on his Theory and Practice," in: Douglas Kellner (ed.), Herbert Marcuse: The New Left and the 1960s (New York: Routledge, 2005), 192-203.
- Toward a Global People's Uprising
- A recent interview
- Eros Effect video (9:20)
(b. 1943), professor of the philosophy of education at UCLA
- Kellner's UCLA homepage
- maintains the Illuminations website with his writings
on the Frankfurt School (originally at the University of Texas/Austin;
page on the UCLA version)
- author of Critical Theory, Marxism, and Modernity (Baltimore:
Johns Hopkins, 1989), 270 pages
- editor of the projected 6-volume edition of Herbert's unpublished papers
more information on this site at pubs/kellner/papers.htm.
- In April 2005 seven of Kellner's UCLA students presented at the conference
of the American Educational Research Association. session
and paper abstracts on News & Articles Page.
Kettler, David (b. 1930), research professor of Social Studies at Bard College, Reinbek, New York
- Faculty web page at Bard (see also his full CV)
- In June and July 2008 emails David wrote the following:
I attended Herbert's sociology classes at Columbia in 1952-3 and spent the next twenty years trying to settle my accounts with the experience, beginning with a Master's Essay on "Plato and the Problem of Social Change," whose title I still cannot say without falling into his pattern of speech. Franz Neumann was also always in the mix, both before and after. In the course of these two decades, I published a bunch of things on Herbert Marcuse, including a long chapter of which I am still not ashamed in a political theory primer edited by two reactionary characters (I even have a longer version, which you would be welcome to have for your archives: I have no correspondence). Only the rarest HM cognocenti know this long article well enough to excoriate it. There was also a piece on the aesthetics in Political Theory and a brief memoir in some sociology brochure. I even once functioned as Herbert Marcuse, when Kurt Wolff had me read a paper for him at an International Sociology meeting: it was in fact a chapter from "One-Dimensional Man," and it may have been contagious, since I never got to the part that contained the cure. In more recent work on the 1930s exiles, Marcuse appears mostly in conjunction with Franz Neumann.
There really weren't a hell of a lot of us trying to deal with Marcuse in the early 1950s who'd read "Reason and Revolution" after reading Lukacs, as well as a lot of Hegel and Marx (under Franz Neumann) and who connected so early and so hard. Below is a list of my items in which Marcuse's work played a prominent part, although he was not missing from anything I wrote before the early 1970s, when I'd settled my accounts. He reappears as a historical presence, alongside of Franz Neumann, in many of my more recent writings on the 1930s exiles; but I leave those materials out, except for a curious sort of autobiographical fiction I was originally induced to write during a recent visit to Frankfurt. I decided that it would have been pretentious to have printed the title as in fact I thought it, viz., "Neg[oti]ations," paying tribute to the Marcuse connection I treasured most, even while I gave it up.
Here is the list of those publications:
- Plato and the Problem of Social Change. Unpublished MA Thesis Columbia University, 1953.
- "The Vocation of Radical Intellectuals," Politics and Society I (Autumn, 1970), and in Ira Katznelson et al., ed., The Politics and Society Reader, New York: David McKay Company, 1974; pp. 333-359.
- "Herbert Marcuse: The Critique of Bourgeois Civilization and Its Transcendence," in Anthony de Crespigny and Kenneth Minogue, eds., Contemporary Political Philosophers, New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1975, and London: Methuen, 1976; pp. 1-48 (searchable pdf) From the June 2008 email above: "...a long chapter of which I am still not ashamed in a political theory primer edited by two reactionary characters [I even have a longer version ...]. Only the rarest HM cognocenti know this long article well enough to excoriate it."
- "The Aesthetic Dimension of Herbert Marcuse's Social Theory," Political Theory 10(May, 1982), pp. 267-275.
- “Negotiations: Learning from Three Frankfurt Schools,” in Richard Bodek and Simon Lewis, eds. Fruits of Exile (Charleston: University of South Carolina Press, 2008). Preliminary version on Website of Protosociology: Soziologie der Gegenwartsgesellschaft <www.protosociology.de>
(1907-1995), independent Marxist
Lauren. (b. 19xx),
professor at the Loyola University in Chicago
- Loyola University Sociology Dept. Langman
- Dr. Langman is primarily a social theorist writing in the tradition
of the Frankfurt School-especially their early concerns with character
and culture, which currently inform questions of identity and hegemony
in a global age. His theoretical writing examines the nature of self, subjectivity
and modernity dealing with questions such as agency, or its lack, as alienation.
His substantive research interests concern the dialects of political economy,
culture and identity in such varied forms as Islamic fundamentalism, alternative
globalization movements and the carnivalization of culture. Dr. Langman
has widely published in these areas and has a forthcoming book on the Carnivalization
- Langman's review
of Russell Jacoby, Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian
Raffaele (b. 196x?), young scholar at the University of
Bologna and temporarily (2004-05) also at Columbia University
- Fall 2004: visiting scholar at Columbia's department of history with
a project on US-American theories of disobedience; Fall 2005 teaching a
course on 'Theories of Disobedience in Modern and Contemporary Political
Thought' in the political science department.
- editor of Italian edition of Herbert's unpublished
This is the first book in a series titled "Marcusiana," which
will ultimately republish Hegels Ontologie and Herbert's essays
on the concept of freedom and progress in Freud (first published in 1968
in a small volume Psicoanalisi e politica, by Laterza).
- Monographs about Marcuse:
- Il Pensiero politico di Marcuse (2000)(see Books
- Oltre l'uomo a una dimensione: Movimenti e controrivoluzione preventiva
- Politica come movimento: Il pensiero di Herbert Marcuse (Edizione
del Mulino, 2005), 336 pages. The first Italian book discussing all of
Marcuse's works, including materials from the archive. (for more information,
see Book About page)
- On-line publication of Italian
translations of Herbert's 1943 and 1951 memos with an introduction
at storicamente.it (June 2005).
Lee, Donald C.
(b. 1936), professor at the University of New Mexico
- According to a nice anecdote in a March
23, 2005 Marcuse guestbook entry by Scott Craig, a former philosophy
major at UNM, Lee was one of Herbert's TAs at UCSD.
- BA in History and Philosophy at Pomona College; Fulbright Scholar
at the University of Tuebingen, Germany;Marine
Corps Officer; study of French at the University of Geneva, Switzerland
- MA in Philosophy at UC Berkeley
- Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego
- taught Philosophy at the University of Mexico for 25 years, and at
Shaanxi Teacher's University in Xian, China, the year ending in the Tiananmen
Square incident in 1989.
- now retired in La Jolla
- A differential study of California junior college transfer students
at the University of California, Berkeley [by] Donald C. Lee [and] Sidney
Publisher Berkeley: Office of Institutional Research, University of California,
- Toward a sound world order: a multidimensional, hierarchical ethical
theory (Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1992)
(b. 1939), Professor, School of Policy Studies
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (Leiss's
- one of Herbert's students at Brandeis (M.A. in the History of Ideas
Program, 1963), and UCSD (Ph.D., 1969)
- author of, among many other titles (his
site's book list),
The Domination of Nature (1974, reprinted 1994).
- "Husserl and the Mastery of Nature," in Telos no.
5 (Spr. 1970)
- author of a response to a review of One Dimensional Man in
the NYRB in 1964 (archive
- Nov. 24, 2011 autobiographical interview published in CTheory magazine.
- On his profile page as director of the Royal Society of Canada, we
find the following anecdote: "Marcuse,
who had learned his own craft with two of the most famous philosophers
of the twentieth century, Husserl and Heidegger, before fleeing from Germany
in 1932, ran his evening graduate seminars thus: When the door closed on
the room the outside world was suspended (the world in which many of us
had spent the preceding day in antiwar activities) and the 'text' was opened
before us. In the seminar I remember best, the text was the section known
as the 'Doctrine of Essence' in Hegel's Greater Logic, the section that
begins with the chapter on 'Being and Nothing.' We students were asked
in turn to read a sentence and say what we thought it meant in our own
words. In the course of a three-hour seminar we covered on average five
pages of text; this seminar lasted twenty weeks, so after eight months
of wrenching effort we had completed a hundred pages. When we complained,
we were told that in the 1920s Marcuse had attended Heidegger's seminar
on Aristotle's Metaphysics, and in six months the class never got beyond
the first page of the Greek text. But that class (and we) learned how to
read a difficult text."
Lerner, Michael (194x?). Rabbi, editor of Tikkun magazine.
- Rabbi Lerner studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary and was a student and protégé of Abraham Joshua Heschel. He received an A.B. from Columbia. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1972 from the University of California in Berkeley and a second Ph.d. in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley in 1977. Founded the Tikkun Community in 2002.
- Lerner was chair of the Berkeley chapter of SDS in 1965 and visited Marcuse, stayed at his home, and developed a friendship with him.
- In 1969, a statement on the Middle East written by Michael Lerner and Mario Savio on behalf of the Berkeley Chapter of the Committee for a Progressive Middle East was published in Judaism, (Fall, 1969), pp. 483-487. Lerner reports that Marcuse “was very much supportive” of this statement,” and that in Lerner’s opinion “the statement summed up his position on Israel at the time… and this is part of what drew him to attend my religious services” [Michael Lerner to Jack Jacobs, May 25, 2010].
- Michael P. Lerner, “Jewish New Leftism at Berkeley,” Judaism, 18:4(Fall, 1969), p. 473
emeritus of literature, UCSD, colleague and friend of Herbert's. Born in
and retired to Germany.
- 1960 Harvard (?) Dissertation: Utopie und Roman: Untersuchungen
zur Form des deutschen utopischen Romans im 20. Jahrhundert
- wrote, among other things: Taeglicher Faschismus: Amerikanische
Evidenz aus 6 Monaten (Munich: Hanser, 1971), 311 p.
- Lots of interview footage in documentary film
of gravestone and brief biography at www.knerger.de, Klaus Nerger's
"Umgang mit dem Tod" website
- website of Kevyn Lettau,
his daughter (a musician)
Herbert, an economist, anti-nuclear
activist, and former (1988-95) city councilmember in Lingen (Emsland)
- commented some quotations from a 1970 Kursbuch article by
Herbert, which he relates to the current (post-9/11/01) "patriot act"
situation in the US
US Fascism page. [added Sept. 2004]
(1904-1981), fellow German emigre, Marxist sociologist and economist; independent
scholar after McCarthyism
- See Wikipedia Mattick
page: One of his important works was Critique of
Herbert Marcuse: The one-dimensional man in class society (1969, 1972),
in which he forcefully rejected the thesis according to which the proletariat,
as Marx understood it, had become a "mythological concept" in
advanced capitalist society. Although he agreed with Marcuse's critical
analysis of the ruling ideology, Mattick demonstrated that the theory of
one dimensionality itself existed only as ideology. Marcuse subsequentially
affirmed that Mattick's critique was the only serious one to which his
book was subjected.
McCarthy, George E.
1946-), Professor of Sociology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio since
- B.A. summa cum laude, Manhattan College, 1968
M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy, Boston College, 1972
M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology, the New School for Social Research, 1979
- Kenyon sociology faculty web page,
- Soc 474 course "Western Marxism: The Frankfurt School from Horkheimer to Habermas" reads One Dimensional Man, and Counterrevolution and Revolt.
- selected publications
- 1987 review
of Peter Lind's 1985 book Marcuse and Freedom
- Marx' critique of science and positivism : the methodological
foundations of political economy (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1988)
- Dialectics and decadence: echoes of antiquity in
Marx and Nietzsche (Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 1994).
- Romancing Antiquity: German critique of the Enlightenment
from Weber to Habermas (Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997)
- Objectivity and the silence of reason: Weber, Habermas,
and the methodological disputes in German sociology (New Brunswick: Transaction,
Myriam Malinovich: former
professor of philosophy (Brooklyn College, Rutgers, San Diego State), lecturer
and author of books, articles, Op-Eds, and blogs on social, cultural, and
- Ph.D in philosophy, Columbia University, 1964: "Gilbert Ryle and
Jean-Paul Sartre: a comparative study of two theories of mind."
- Many of her articles (including an interview with Herbert and an article
about him) appear on her website: myriammiedzian.com:
- On August 7, 2007 Myriam Miedzian wrote in an e-mail:
Now for a bit of personal
history. My ex-husband Stanley Malinovich taught philosophy at UCSD from
1967 to 1972. I was relegated to San Diego State—very typical at
the time. I also taught philosophy.
We soon became friends with Herbert and Inge. We were both very fond of
them. Unlike some Marxists and other left wingers we had known their concern
was not just with humanity, but also with people. They were as kind and
considerate with the person who cleaned their house as with illustrious
colleagues. Herbert had a great sense of humor. I still smile when I think
about how he called my older daughter Brunhilde when she was a baby—she
was known to scream quite a bit. (Her real name is Nadia and by the way,
she got her Ph.D. in Modern European History from Michigan—her area
is French Jewish History. She got there in ’91, so you just overlapped
- Most recently the author of: He Walked Through Walls: A Twentieth Century Tale of Survival (Lantern Books, 2009; $16 at amazon)--this is her father's "memoir," focused on how he managed to survive three twentieth century European wars.
- Boys Will Be Boys: Breaking The Link Between Masculinity
Violence (Doubleday 1991, revised edition Lantern
- Generations: A Century Of Women Speak About Their
Lives (The Atlantic
Monthly Press, 1997)
- Op-Eds and Blogs include: Chicago Tribune, Boston
Globe, Miami Herald,
Philadelphia Enquirer, Seattle Times, Huffington Post
- Public Speaking and Media: Princeton,
Harvard, Duke, California
Attorney General & Department of Education Conference, Barcelona II
International Citizens Meeting, Charlie Rose, Larry King. Also advised
Clinton Administration’s Violence Prevention Task Force, and testified
before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Children,
Youth, and Families.
television journalist (retired 2004), practitioner of "deep-think"
- print journalist, ordained Baptist minister, press secretary to President
Lyndon Johnson, and newspaper publisher before coming to television in
1970. See museum.tv
- In a 1987
essay in New Perspectives Quarterly, "Second Thoughts:
Reflections on the Great Society," Moyers wrote:
' Compromise with the
Powers That Be
In 1965, I sent to the President an essay by Herbert Marcuse, the leftist
philosopher so admired by the student movement, in which Marcuse applauded
LBJ's objectives, but doubted the government's ability to stay the course.
"Rebuilding the cities, restoring the countryside, redeeming the poor
and reforming education," said Marcuse, "could produce nondestructive
full employment. This requires," he said, ''nothing more, nothing
less than the actual reconstruction outlined in the President's program.
But the very program," he said, "requires the transformation
of power structures standing in the way of its fulfillment."
Muller, Jerry Z.
Professor at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC; main fields:
modern European intellectual history; modern Germany
- Muller's faculty webpage
with CV, publications, syllabiBA in history from Brandeis, 1977; PhD., history, Columbia 1984
- selected books:
- The other god that failed : Hans Freyer and the
deradicalization of German conservatism (Princeton:
Princeton University Press, 1987).Adam Smith in his time and ours: designing the
decent society (New York: Free Press, 1993).
- (ed.), Conservatism: an anthology of social and
political thought from David Hume to the present (Princeton: Princeton
University Press, 1997).
Müller, Tim B.
(1978-), intellectual historian, wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
at the Humboldt University, Berlin (since 2005), contributor to the Süddeutsche
Zeitung (since 2001)
research project at the HU (2007): "Der Gelehrte als Krieger:
Ideengeschichte, Neue Linke und das OSS" MA in history from Heidelberg University (2004): "Herbert Marcuse,
die Frankfurter Schule und der Holocaust: Ein Beitrag zur zeitgenoessischen
Wahrnehmung der nationalsozialistischen Vernichtungspolitik." (full
text at marcuse.org; bibliography)
- Selected Publications:
- Die gelehrten Krieger und die Rockefeller-Revolution.
Intellektuelle zwischen Geheimdienst, Neuer Linken und dem Entwurf einer
neuen Ideengeschichte, in: Geschichte und Gesellschaft 33 (2007),
S. 198-227Der Intellektuelle, der aus der Kälte kam, in:
Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte 1/4 (2007), S. 5-18.Die geheime Geschichte des Herbert Marcuse, in:
Ästhetik & Kommunikation 129/130 (Herbst 2005), S. 131-141.review of Nachgelassene Schriften Band 3: Philosophie
und Psychoanalyse, in Süddeutsche Zeitung 4. Jan.
2003 (text at buecher.de)review of Nachgelassene Schriften Band 4: Die
Studentenbewegung, in Süddeutsche Zeitung 29. Juli
at buecher.de)review of Nachgelassene Schriften Band 5, Feindanalysen
in Süddeutsche Zeitung [coming 2007-08] (text at
buecher.de)review of Adorno-Horkheimer Briefwechsel, 1950-1969,
in Süddeutsche Zeitung 5. Oktober 2004 (excerpt
at perlentaucher.de; full
text on this site) (with discussion about Marcuse)
- Bearing Witness to the Liquidation of Western Dasein:
Herbert Marcuse and the Holocaust, 1941-1948, in: New German Critique
85 (2002), S. 133-164 (pdf)
(b. 1934), Professor emeritus of Sociology, University of Hannover (since
- Wikipedia Negt pageco-author of Public Sphere and Experience: Toward an Analysis of
the Bourgeois and Proletarian Public Sphere (Theory and History of
Literature)(Univ. of Minnesota, 1993)main publication (with Alexander Kluge): Geschichte und Eigensinn
- co-editor of journal Hannoversche Schriften
Neri, Debora (b. 1982), Italian scholar studying Herbert's early works, in 2011 waiting to be admitted to a doctoral program.
- In 2008 Debora received a Master's degree in History of Contemporary Philosophy with the Thesis La società unidimensionale e il suo superamento. Un confronto tra la posizione di Herbert Marcuse e quella di Jack Kerouac at Gabriele D’Annunzio University in Chieti. (see entry on the Unpublished papers page, with an English abstract; also 72 page pdf). In 2011 she worked on Marcuse’s interpretation of Hegel, through the analysis of Marcuse’s works of the thirties.
- 2013: Debora's revised thesis has been published as a book, 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).
- According to the translated blurb, the 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 analyzing 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.'
- You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org (9/2013)
1941), visiting professor of German Studies, private psychoanalytic practice
- Shierry's current
website (2007) contributor to Marcuse: From the New Left to the Next Left,
edited by John Bokina and Timothy J. Lukes (Kansas, 1994) translator of works by Adorno and other critical theorists, including
Herbert's Five Lectures (1970). Her publications include:
of Washington faculty pagePh.D., Comparative literature, Cornell University 1975.M.A., Counseling, California State University at Northridge, 1974 .M.A., German literature, Cornell University 1965.
- "Aesthetic experience and self-reflection as emancipatory
processes: two complementary aspects of critical theory" (UC Irvine
Social Science Working Paper 65, 1975)Exact Imagination, Late Work: On Adorno's Aesthetics
(MIT Press, 1997)
- The Love of Nature and the End of the World: The
Unspoken Dimensions of Environmental Concern (MIT Press, 2002)
- B.A., English literature, Cornell University 1963.
de Oliveira, Robespierre (b.
1962), Professor in Brazil at Universidade Estadual de Maringá (State University of Maringa, Paraná) and at Universidade Estadual de São Paulo (Atate University of São Paulo) at its Marilia Campus.
- Wrote his MA and PhD theses on Critical Theory and Marcuse's theory. He is trying (2011) to publish his Ph.D. thesis: O papel da filosofia na teoria crítica de Marcuse.author of "A dialética da libertação: contracultura e sociedade unidimensional," in: CULT (Nov. 17, 2010).see his Sept. 2005 guestbook entry (on this site) In January 2011 he contributed this description of the situation of Marcuse studies in Brazil:
Critical theory in Brazil is split into Habermasians and Honnethians, and the first generation on the other side. Most people prefer to study Adorno and Benjamin, specially because of aesthetics. There are a few who study Horkheimer. Marcuseans are a little bit more.
Maria Thereza de Campos has published her M.A. thesis: Marcuse, Realidade e Utopia (Ed. Annablume, 2004; publisher's page).
Imaculada Kangussu published her doctoral thesis: Leis da Liberdade - A relação entre estética e política na obra de Herbert Marcuse (Ed. Loyola, 2008; purchase at terradosaber; review at portalliteral).
There are other books, one about Marcuse and Hannah Arendt about revolution. I have done translations of some Marcuse's texts. The translations of One-Dimensional Man, Eros and Civilization, Reason and Revolution, among others, are awful. Besides
Jorge Coelho Soares, Isabel Maria Loureiro have described the bad reception the theory of Marcuse had in Brazil during the military dictatorship. I have supervised some students on Marcuse's work and critical theory. Some Marcuseans I know here: Rafael Cordeiro Silva, from Federal University of Uberlandia (he is studying Nature in Marcuse, Marilia Pizani, from Mackenzie University and São Judas University, (she is studying Marcuse and Pierre Clastres) Silvio Carneiro, from São Camilo (he studies Marcuse and Foucault).
- Attached are two photos of a puppet a former student of mine made for me of Marcuse with his book Razão e revolução.
1949), Professor of German Philosophy and Literature at the Ecole Normale
Supérieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines in Fontenay- St Cloud,
and Research Program Director at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in
- author of: Herbert Marcuse: philosophie de l'émancipation
(Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1992), 254 p
- Selected publications: Historismus, Sonderweg und dritte Wege,
Frankfurt/M. u.a. 2000. Vom Parergon zum Labyrinth, Wien 2001
(Hrsg. mit Burghart Schmidt). Marx démocrate. Le manuscrit de
1843, Paris 2001 (Hrsg. mit Etienne Balibar). Max Scheler. L'anthropologie
philosophique en Allemagne dans l'entre-deux-guerres, Paris 2002 (Hrsg.).
(b. 1945?), teaches philosophy and German at Kansas City, KS Community College
(b. 1949), Professor für Politikwissenschaft am Fachbereich Sozial-
und Gesundheitswesen at the Fachhochschule Magdeburg
- author of Rebellische Subjektivität: Herbert Marcuse und die
neuen Protestbewegungen (Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 1985), 338 p.Research areas:
Social Protests, New Social Movements, Citizenship, Towns in the process
of globalization, regulation theory
Magdeburg faculty page
Schoolman, Morton (b. ca. 1948), Professor of Political Science, SUNY Albany
- SUNY faculty website, author of:
- 1973. Further Reflections on Work, Alienation, and Freedom in Marcuse and Marx. Canadian Journal of Political Science (VI, 2): 295-302.
- 1975. Marcuse's 'Second Dimension'. Telos (23): 89-115. (abstract)
- 1976: Marcuse's Aesthetics and the Displacement of Critical Theory. New German Critique (8): 53-79.
- 1976. Introduction to Marcuse's 'On the Problem of the Dialectic'. Telos (27):12-24. (abstract)
- 1976. 'On the Problem of the Dialectic', by Herbert Marcuse. Translation of Part I. Telos (27):12-24.
- 1978: Ensayo sobre la obra de Herbert Marcuse, translated into Spanish by John Turner (Bogota, Columbia: Plaza y Janes, 1978). paperbound, 174 pp.
- 1980: The Imaginary Witness: The Critical Theory of Herbert Marcuse (New York: Free Press, 1980), clothbound, 399 pp. Choice Book Award, "An Outstanding Academic Book of the Year" (1981). Republished by New York University Press, 1984, paperbound, 399 pp.
- 1986. "Herbert Marcuse." Contribution to the Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Eds. Janet Coleman, David Miller, William Connolly, Alan Ryan, pp. 315-317. London: Basil Blackwell.
Jeremy J. (1940-),
is senior consultant for academic information projects and professor of
human and organization development at the Fielding Institute. His current
work is in the critical theory of information technology and the information
society, with special emphasis on simulation as a paradigmatic form of
one-dimensionality and technological rationality.
Graduate University faculty page In July 2005 Jeremy e-mailed the following:
was my main contribution to getting Herbert's work known in greater depth.
After I returned to the U.S. in 1965 from studying in Frankfurt for four
years, which included getting to know the early Institut für Sozialforschung
work that was untranslated into English and therefore unknown in the English-speaking
world, I convinced Beacon Press to put out a translation of some of his
most important essays from the 1930's. I translated several of these, and
retranslated his Max Weber essay. These were published as Negations.
That began the phase of the assimilation of the early Frankfurt School
work, i.e. work prior to Reason and Revolution and The Authoritarian
Personality, into American and British intellectual life."Publications include:
- 1970: "One-Dimensionality: The Universal Semiotic
of Technological Experience," in: Paul Breines (ed.), Critical
Interruptions: New Left Perspectives on Herbert Marcuse (New York:
Herder and Herder, 1970)1972: "The Dialectic of theory and practice in
the age of technological rationality; Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas,"
in: Dick Howard and Karl E. Klare (eds.), The unknown dimension: European
Marxism since Lenin (New York: Basic Books, 1972) [UCSB: 0]1977 Brandeis dissertation: The concept of embeddedness
in nature: Marx and the self-reflection of history (Ann Arbor: Xerox
University Microfilms, 1977), xv, 246 leaves. Bibliography: leaves 233-246.1979: at a memorial event after Herbert's death, Kurt
Wolff read this text by Jeremy, which was subsequently published in Telos1984: "Herbert Marcuse and Radical Therapy,"
in: Issues in Radical Therapy 10:4(1984)1998: with Valerie Malhotra Bentz, Mindful Inquiry
in Social Research (Sage 1998), an introduction to research in the
social sciences and humanities in which critical theory plays an important
- 2003: "Digitale Simulation: Theoretische
und geschichtliche Grundlagen”, in Zeitschrift für kritische Theorie
- translator of some of Herbert's works
- 1968 Negations:
Essays in Critical Theory; with translations
from the German by Jeremy J. Shapiro (London: Penguin, 1968; Boston: Beacon,
1969; London: Free Association, 1988), 290 p.
- "On Hedonism," by Herbert Marcuse; translated
by Jeremy J. Shapiro, in: Wolfgang Schirmacher (ed.) German 20th-Century
Philosophy: The Frankfurt School (New York: Continuum, 2000), xx,
244 p. [UCSB: B3183.5 .G47 2000][This essay is also included in Negations.]
(1938-1988), Herbert's student and third wife
- detailed information
on this site at people/ricky/ricky.htm.see especially Bettina Aptheker's
1989 illustrated biographical article: page
1, page 2,
- Ricky's main publication is her dissertation Emancipation and
Consciousness: Dogmatic and Dialectical Perspectives in the Early Marx
(Oxford: Blackwell, 1986), 211 pages
Slaner, Stephen E.
(b. ca. 1940), is an assistant professor of government at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Mass.
- where he has been teaching since 2006. He also teaches part-time at Northeastern University (since 1983) and Bunker Hill Community College (since 1992).
- He did his senior thesis at Brandeis University in 1964 under Marcuse on the concept of human nature in the radical wing of the French Enlightenment (Morelly, Mably, and Linguet). He also studied for part of the fall 1965 semester with Otto Kirchheimer in Columbia's Department of Public Law and Government, but sadly that was interrupted by Kirchheimer's death. Having settled for an A.B.D. from Columbia in political science, he went on to get an Ed.D. from Harvard in Learning & Teaching in 2004, where his thesis was on college teachers' use of film in the classroom as part of a Freirean strategy of conscientization.
07, 2005 Marcuse guestbook entry, also December
30, 2004"KATRINA: What the Hurricane Teaches Us about Race, Class, and Power in America," 2006 course syllabus (4 page pdf) "In Defense of Intolerance," paper presented at the 2007 Eastern Community College Social Science Association"The Use of Spike Lee’s Bamboozled to Promote Difficult Dialogues on Race," paper co-authored with Sandra Clyne, in: Human Architecture 6:1(2008), 7-16. (10 page pdf)
- "Using Film in the Liberal Arts Classroom as a Way of Motivating Students and Generating Discussion," 2009 paper (33 page pdf)
(1933-2004), author, literary theorist, and political activist.
- From ca. 1952 to 1956 Sontag lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts while attending graduate school at Harvard. In 1954 Herbert Marcuse lived with Sontag and Rieff for a year while working on Eros and Civilization (published in 1955). Carl Edmund Rollyson and Lisa Olson Paddock, Susan Sontag: The Making of an Icon (Norton, 2000), p. 38: "Sontag says 'a long time ago in Cambridge. ... We had Herbert Marcuse staying with us. His wife had just died.'"
Sophie died in 1951. Sontag started grad school in 1953 at UConn, but still lived in Cambridge on the weekends, transferring to Harvard in Fall 1954.
- Herbert's life stations:: 1952-53 Columbia; 1954-55 Harvard, 1958-65 Brandeis
- Phillip Lopate's Notes on Sontag (google books),
p. 49 says that she and her husband Phillip Reiff lived with Herbert for a year [it was the other way around!], and on p. 72 Lopate says Sontag wrote about Eros & Civilization in her essay "Psychoanalysis and Norman O. Brown's Life Against Death" (google books, see pp. 89, 255 and 259--search marcuse).
- Herbert and his second wife Inge Neumann remained friends with Susan and Phillip while Herbert was at Brandeis.
- Secondary literature: Craig J. Peariso, "The 'Counter Culture' in Quotes: Sontag and Marcuse on the Work of Revolution," in: Barbara Ching and Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor (eds.), The Scandal of Susan Sontag (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009), 155-170.
- UCLA library's collection of Sontag's papers (library's special collections info page ) does not have any correspondence between her and Herbert, but there are two of Herbert's books signed by him to her that have Sontag's annotations.
- Just for fun and coindentally: for one of my courses I (Harold) put a hyperlinked, illustrated version of Sontag's 1974 review essay "Fascinating Fascism" online.
Elena (b.1976), Italian Marcuse-scholar
- Article on Herbert's "Proust-Notizen" and their relationship
to Eros and Civilization:
"Le nuove 'Proust Notizen' nella genesi di Eros e civiltà,"
in Belfagor, 57:6(30 novembre 2002) (n. 342), 693-701. (full
text available)In the 2004 issue no. 22 of the French journal Genesis, "Philosophie"
Marcuse: réflexions sur l'autoritarisme et sur la construction d'une
théorie critique, p. 143
Inédit: Manuscrits de Marcuse, présentés par Elena
Tebano, p. 157
- In Dec. 2002 Elena described the projected article
in an e-mail: "I'm analyzing the first version of a Marcusean essay
about Pareto, which was published 1936 in the 'Studien ueber Autoritaet
und Familie'; of the Institute for Social Research. The review is concerned
in 'critique genetique' and my article will be a rather philological one.
I also will try to describe the way Marcuse worked and wrote."
- See her blog,
Spolitica: istruzioni per resistere al blabla dei politici
Nicolás Alberto González (b.
1960, Argentina), now Seville, Spain
- Studied philosophy and psychology (Ph.D.), with focus on the political
philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries, especially Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche
and Heidegger1988-1998 taught political philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires
(UBA)journalist of culture in diverse magazines and newspaperstranslator and publisher in several editorials (including EUDEBA universitary
editors).for Varela's published articles see his blog:
(since April 2006) For several of his articles, see this page at the Instituto de Ciencias,
Artes y Literatura Alejandro Lipschütz
- A compilation on Heidegger and his political writings is forthcoming: Heideggger: Nazismo y Política del Ser (III). Excerpt
- He contributed more than a dozen book cover images of Spanish translations
and secondary literature to this site.
Alan R. (b. ?1946)
- From an Aug. 2006 e-mail, from Sherman Oaks:
I was a student of
your grandfather from 1967-1969.
I remember him giving a public lecture on campus in one of the large lecture
halls (in fact his class room lectures were so popular that registered
students had to show a special ID care that proved they were in the class
to get in) and a student asked for direction in terms of today's politics.
Marcuse replied that back in Germany when he was active they did "their
thing" (he didn't use those exact words) and that you should do yours.
He then told us one of his favorite quotes from Marx. "There is no
blueprint for a free society". I believe this is in Vol II of Das
Kapital at that time was not widely read and possibly not available yet
in English translation (I am not sure about this but I seem to remember
something to that effect).
Another time, in class, a student tried to elicit a personal opinion from
him and he replied "We are studying Hegel, not Marcuse."
His office was always open for anyone (including the six young republicans
on campus) to come in and visit and chat about anything.
- I received the
following in an email in July 2009:
Also my friend Alan Wald took Marcuse's philosophy class at ucsd when Angela
Davis was the TA. It was very popular. On the class reading list was Sartre's
Anti-semite and Jew & propaganda section form Mein Kampf. I just found
that interesting. According to Alan professor Marcuse refused to speak
on his works in class and stayed on the class subject.
Alan is the son of screenwriter Malvin Wald.
Jeff (b. ca. 1950), culture columnist and Fine Arts Editor
for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- previously worked for 17 years as restaurant critic and an arts writer
and senior editor at New York's Village Voice, and has written
for Artforum magazine, the New Yorker, the Advocate
and other publications.Was a graduate student at UCSD in the late 1960s. For his reminiscence of Herbert's influence on him at that time, see
birthday entry on Doug Ireland's blog:
"I was a graduate
student at UCSD, usually called La Jolla, in the department of English
and American literature from 1969 to 1973. For many reasons, I became active
in campus and off-campus politics – but I did not veer in the usual left
direction. I was firmly against the war in Vietnam, and even more strenuously
supported the unionizing of the United Farm Workers under the heroic Cesar
Chavez. But my core belief, and in retrospect my only authentic political
passion, was founded in my identity as a recently declared gay man. I was,
for a while, the first and only out person on the campus. It was not a
popular or attractive position to take ... "
(for more, see the blog
entry )On Marcuse & gays/glbtq issues, see this Encyclopedia
of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture's
Inquirer columnists page on Weinstein
- May 1997 Philly citypaper.net
article on Weinstein's move from NYC
Williams, David Rhys
07, 2004 guestbook entry: "A
student of a student of Professor Marcuse. Had the good fortune to meet
with Professor Marcuse half a dozen times or so in preparation of my dissertation,
"Marcuse's Concept of Alienation:The Problematic of 'Mimesis'."
- OCLC: dissertation University of Southern California 1980, 514 ms.
Frieder Otto (b. 1943), private
lecturer in philosophy and political science at the Berlin Free University.
Karl Dietrich (b. 1943),
publisher (Verlag Stroemfeld/Roter Stern), former national chairman of
the Sozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund (SDS) in 1967-68.
- In October 2005 he e-mailed: "Just
having found your website, I would like to inform you that I will speak
on Herbert Marcuse in Starnberg on October 14, 2005. [see
entry on Events page]
I was Bundesvorsitzender (national chairman) of SDS /Sozialistischer Deutscher
Studentenbund/ in 1967/68 - and met Herbert Marcuse several
times. I founded a small publishing house in 1970, STROEMFELD/ROTER STERN,
still exists - we especially publish historical critical editions of German
language classics, printing facsimiles of the mss. together with transcriptions,
among others of Hölderlin, Kleist, Keller, Trakl, Franz Kafka."From a 1998
conference panel biography: "...
publisher of Stroemfeld Publishing House, Frankfurt am Main / Basel. He
studied law and was Federal Chairman of the Socialistic German Student
League (SDS) from 1967 to 1968, 38 criminal proceedings. In 1970 he founded
the publishing house Roter Stern (Red Star) and in 1979 the Stroemfeld
Publishing House. He is primarily a publisher of critical historical editions
including the Hölderlin edition of Frankfurt, the Kleist edition of
Brandenburg, the Franz Kafka edition, which were awarded several prizes
for their novel documentation of handwriting facsimiles by using typographical
inscriptions (partly with CD-ROM). KD Wolff is an executive member of the
German P.E.N. Centre."Publishing house websites: www.stroemfeld.com;
- Dec. 2004 Netzeitung article "Hölderlin
vom Roten Stern"
(b. ca. 1952), professor of history and comparative literature at
the CUNY graduate center.