Herbert Marcuse
Herbert Marcuse
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Marxism, Revolution and Utopia

Herbert Marcuse's Collected Papers, Volume 6: Marxism, Revolution and Utopia
edited by Douglas Kellner and Clayton Pierce, Routledge [Dec. 2014]

This sixth and final volume of Marcuse's collected papers shows Marcuse’s rejection of the prevailing twentieth-century Marxist theory and socialist practice - which he saw as inadequate for a thorough critique of Western and Soviet bureaucracy - and the development of his revolutionary thought towards a critique of the consumer society. Marcuse's later philosophical perspectives on technology, ecology, and human emancipation sat at odds with many of the classic tenets of Marx’s materialist dialectic which placed the working class as the central agent of change in capitalist societies. As the material from this volume shows, Marcuse was not only a theorist of Marxist thought and practice in the twentieth century, but also proves to be an essential thinker for understanding the neoliberal phase of capitalism and resistance in the twenty-first century.


  • Introduction
    Douglas Kellner and Clayton Pierce
  • Part 1: Studies in Marxism
    1. Review of Karl Volander: Karl Marx - Sein Leben und Sein Werk
    2. Recent literature on Communism
    3. Dialectics and Logic Since the War
    4. 1954 Afterword to Reason and Revolution
    5. Review of George Lichtheim: Marxism
    6. Epilogue to the New German Edition of The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon
    7. The Concept of Negation in the Dialectic
    8. History of Dialectics
    9. Can we speak of a repression, or system of repression, specific to the USA?
    10. The Relationship of Hegel to Marx
  • Part 2: Marxian Interventions
    11. Herbert Marcuse speaking at Cuba protest meeting, Brandeis University, May 3 1961
    12. The Emancipation of Women in a Repressive Society
    13. Socialism in the Developed Countries
    14. Socialist Humanism?
    15. The Obsolescence of Marxism
    16. Revolutionary Subject and Self-government
    17. The Realm of Freedom and the Realm of Necessity
    18. The Realm of Freedom and the Realm of Necessity. A Reconsideration
    19. Re-examination of the Concept of revolution
    20. Angela Davis and Herbert Marcuse: KPIX Newsclips transcription of Angela Davis/Herbert Marcuse at Sproul Plaza, Berkeley, October 24, 1969
    21. Prof. Herbert Marcuse speaking at a rally for Angela Davis, Berkeley, October 24 1969 (full transcript)
    22. Herbert Marcuse, NBC, January 31, 1971, On Angela Davis
  • Part 3: Lectures and Interviews on Marxism, Revolution and the Contemporary Moment
    23. Obsolescence of Socialism?
    24. Professors as State Regents
    25. Herbert Marcuse: Philosopher of the New Left
    26. Varieties of Humanism: Herbert Marcuse talks with Harvey Wheeler
    27. Revolution 1969: Discussion with Henrich von Nussbaum
    28. ACLU Conference presentation on civil liberties, May 21 1969, and Marcuse letter on Civil Liberties
    29. Can Communism be Liberal?
    30. Marx and Para-Marx on capitalist Contradictions
  • Part 4: Letters, Testimonies, and Responses to Critics
    31. Letter to Max Horkheimer, September 9 1942
    32. Correspondence with Raya Dunayevskaya
    33. Fromm, Lowenthal, Adorno?
    34. Preface to The Democratic and the Authoritarian State
    35. Soviet theory and practice
    36. Letter to Karel Kosik, March 22 1963
    37. On Paul Baran
    38. On Changing the World: A Reply to Karl Miller
    39. Reply to my Critics, Guardian, May 1968
    40. Letter by Martin Peretz on Herbert Marcuse, September 10 1968
    41. A Letter, Neues Forum, April 1970
    42. On Henry Kissinger
    43. Letters to Rudi Dutschke, April 11 1970, April 16 1971, and February 24 1973
  • Part 5: Marxism and Revolution in an Era of Counterrevolution: Marcuse in the 1970s
    44. Marxism and the New Humanity: An Unfinished Revolution
    45. An Interview with Herbert Marcuse, April 1978
    46. The Reification of the Proletariat
    47. Protosocialism and Late Capitalism: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis Based on Bahro's Analysis
    48. Radical Change, Lecture at Muir College, April 23 1979
  • Afterword: Reflections on Herbert Marcuse and Marxism Peter Marcuse.
  • Index

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Index entries: Kellner, Douglas Pierce, Clayton Collected Papers