Technology, War, and Fascism - Vol. 1

Technology, War, and Fascism - Vol. 1

Technology, War, and Fascism - Vol. 1

Technology, War, and Fascism - Vol. 1

Synopsis

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 The largely unpublished work collected in this volume makes clear the continuing relevance of Marcuse's thought to contemporary issues.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.

Excerpt

Douglas Kellner

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Herbert Marcuse was considered one of the world’s most important living theorists. Acclaimed throughout the world as a philosopher of liberation and revolution, Marcuse was a prominent figure in the Zeitgeist of the times, deeply influencing the New Left and oppositional movements. His work was passionately debated by individuals of every political and theoretical persuasion, and he deeply influenced a generation of radical intellectuals and activists. Indeed, his books even reached a general public and he was discussed, attacked and celebrated in the mass media, as well as scholarly publications.

Since his death in 1979, however, Herbert Marcuse’s influence has been steadily waning. There has been, to be sure, a steady stream of books on Marcuse, and the publication of his unpublished texts could lead to new

1 Significant texts on Marcuse since his death include Morton Schoolman, The Imaginary Witness. New York: Free Press, 1980; Vincent Geoghegan, Reason and Eros: The Social Theory of Herbert Marcuse. London: Pluto Press, 1981; Barry Katz, Herbert Marcuse and the Art of Liberation. London: New Left Books, 1982; Douglas Kellner, Herbert Marcuse and the Crisis of Marxism. London and Berkeley: Macmillan Press and University of California Press, 1984; C. Fred

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