2023 IHMS Conference “Critical Theory in Motion: Dance into Multidimensionality”
Conference schedule now available
|2022-01-03||New article: How the 1960s institutionalized us Kimball, Roger Eros and Civilization Long March narcissism|
|2021-12-27||New article: What Herbert Marcuse Got Right — and Wrong Cohan, Jeremy Serby, Benjamin One-Dimensional Man Jacobin Magazine|
|2021-12-18||New article: For Karl Marx, Alienation Was Central to Understanding Capitalism Musto, Marcello alienation Jacobin Magazine|
|2020-10-19||NY Times Profile of Angela Davis Davis, Angela|
2019 IHMS Conference "Critical Theory in Dark Times"
Conference abstracts (and a video) now available
|2019-09-18||New article: Political Positivism and Political Existentialism. Revisiting Herbert Marcuse Koutsogiannis, Alex|
|2019-09-05||Portuguese translation of 1960 article "From Ontology to Technology" Portuguese|
|2019-03-03||Der Tagesspiegel Interview with Peter and Harold Marcuse burial Marcuse, Peter Marcuse, Harold|
|2019-03-02||New book: Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School Frankfurt School|
|2019-03-01||Dissonância special issue on Herbert Marcuse (in Portuguese) Portuguese Abromeit, John D. Nobre, Marcos|
|2019-02-25||Notes on Philosophy: reprint on 1963 essay in the Brandeis yearbook Brandeis|
|2019-01-20||New Anthology about One-Dimensional Man 50 Years On (2017) One-Dimensional Man Maley, Terry|
|2018-09-21||New book in Croatian by Maroje Višić: Critique and Resistance Croatian Višić, Maroje|
|2018-08-31||New book in Italian by Renata Bascelli: For a concrete philosophy Italian Bascelli, Renata|
|2018-06-10||New book by Charles Reitz: Ecology and Revolution Reitz, Charles ecology|
|2018-06-09||Panel discussion of "Attempt at Liberation" at Linkes Forum Linkes Forum|
|2018-04-15||Lecture by Peter-Erwin Jansen: The absurd rationality of progress Jansen, Peter-Erwin|
Herbert Marcuse was born in Berlin on July 19, 1898. After completing his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Freiburg in 1922, he moved to Berlin, where he worked in the book trade. He returned to Freiburg in 1929 to write a habilitation (professor's dissertation) with Martin Heidegger. In 1933, since he would not be allowed to complete that project under the Nazis, Herbert began work at the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research, a Marxist-oriented think-tank (as we might say today).
He emigrated from Germany that same year, going first to Switzerland, then the United States, where he became a citizen in 1940. During World War II he worked for the US Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the CIA), analyzing intelligence reports about Germany (1942-45-51). In 1952 Herbert began a university teaching career as a political theorist, first at Columbia and Harvard, then at Brandeis from 1954 to 1965, and finally (already retirement-age), at the University of California, San Diego.
His critiques of capitalist society (especially his 1955 synthesis of Marx and Freud, Eros and Civilization, and his 1964 book One-Dimensional Man) resonated with the concerns of the leftist student movement in the 1960s. Because of his willingness to engage seriously with (and support) student protesters, Herbert soon became known as "the father of the new left" (a term he disliked and rejected). He had many speaking engagements in the US and Europe in the late 1960s and in the 1970s. He died on July 29, 1979, after suffering a stroke during a visit to Germany.
|1941||Reason and Revolution - An Introduction to the Dialectical Thinking of Hegel and Marx|
|1955||Eros and Civilization - A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud|
|1965||One-Dimensional Man - Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society|
|1969||An Essay on Liberation|
|1972||Counterrevolution and Revolt|
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