Herbert Marcuse


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Herbert Marcuse (July 19, 1898 – July 29, 1979) was a German Jewish philosopher, sociologist and political theorist, associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory. Born in Berlin into a Jewish family, Marcuse studied at the universities of Berlin and Freiburg. He was a prominent figure in the Frankfurt-based Institute for Social Research - what later became known as the Frankfurt School.... more »

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  • Self-determination, the autonomy of the individual, asserts itself in the right to race his automobile, to handle his power tools, to buy a gun, to communicate to mass audiences his opinion, no matter...
    Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979), U.S. political philosopher. An Essay on Liberation, ch. 1 (1969).
  • ''Obscenity is a moral concept in the verbal arsenal of the Establishment, which abuses the term by applying it, not to expressions of its own morality, but to those of another.''
    Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979), U.S. political philosopher. An Essay on Liberation, ch. 1 (1969).
  • ''The web of domination has become the web of Reason itself, and this society is fatally entangled in it.''
    Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979), U.S. political philosopher. One-Dimensional Man, ch. 5 (1964).
  • ''The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment.''
    Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979), U.S. political philosopher. One-Dimensional Man, ch. 1 (1964).
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