Herbert Marcuse is one of the most influential thinkers of our time. Born in Berlin, Marcuse studied philosophy with Husserl and Heidegger at the Universities of Freiburg and Berlin. Marcuse's critical social theory ingeniously fuses phenomenology, Freudian thought and Marxist theory; and provides a solid ground for his reputation as the most crucial figure inspiring the social activism and New Left politics of the 1960s and 1970s. The largely unpublished work collected in this volume makes clear the continuing relevance of Marcuse's thought to contemporary issues. The texts published here, dealing with concerns during the period 1942-1951, exhibit penetrating critiques of technology and analyses of the ways that modern technology produces novel forms of society and culture with new modes of social control. The material collected in Technology, War and Facism provides exemplary attempts to link theory with practice, to develop ideas that can be used to grasp and transform existing social reality.
Technology, War and Fascism is the first of six volumes of Herbert Marcuse's Collected Papers to be edited by Douglas Kellner. Each volume is a collection of previously un-published or uncollected essays, unfinished manuscripts and letters by one of the greatest thinkers of our time.
'[this] book is valuable … for documenting what the philosopher of revolution was thinking and writing when he was an official of the United States Government …. Now, for the first time, we are able to read Marcuse's analyses of Nazi Germany, as well as his views of communism and revolution in the period immediately following the war.' - The New Republic
'Part 1940s period piece, part stimulus to ongoing thought on the social impact of technology, this first in a projected six volumes of Marcuse's papers, many of them previously unpublished, merits the attention of critical theorists and general readers alike.' - Kirkus Reviews
' … it is refreshing to read Herbert Marcuse on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth and the issuing of a series of previously unpublished writings and letters by the progressive publisher Routledge …' - - Tikkun
Preface by Douglas Kellner, "The Unknown Marcuse: New Archival Discoveries.", Introduction by Douglas Kellner, "Technology, War, and Fascism: Marcuse in the 1940s", 1. "Some Social Implications of Modern Technology", 2. "State and Individual Under National Socialism" with supplement on "Sex and Art Under Nationalism Socialism", 3. " A History of the Doctrine of Social Change" (with Franz Neumann), 4. "A Theory of Social Change" (with Franz Neumann), 5. "The New German Mentality" with supplemental memoranda, 6. "Description of Three Major Projects", 7. "Some Remarks on Aragon: Art and Politics in the Totalitarian Era", 8. "33 Theses", 9. Letters to Horkheimer, 10. Letters to Heidegger.
Volume One: Technology, War and Fascism
Volume Two: Towards a Critical Theory of Society
Volume Three: The New Left and the 1960s
Volume Four: Art and Liberation
Volume Five: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Emancipation
Volume Six: Marxism, Revolution and Utopia
HERBERT MARCUSE (1898-1979) is an internationally renowned philosopher, social activist and theorist, and member of the Frankfurt School. He has been remembered as one of the most influential social critical theorists inspiring the radical political movements in the 1960s and 1970s. Author of numerous books including One-Dimensional Man, Eros and Civilisation, and Reason and Revolution, Marcuse taught at Columbia, Harvard, Brandeis University and the University of California before his death in 1979.
DOUGLAS KELLNER is George F. Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education at UCLA. He is author of many books on social theory, politics, history and culture, including Herbert Marcuse and the Crisis of Marxism, Media Culture and Critical Therory, Marxism and Modernity. His Critical Theory and Society: A Reader, co-edited with Stephen Eric Bronner, and recent book Media Spectacle, is also published by Routledge.