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Charles Reitz

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 10: Herbert Marcuse: Critical Theory as Radical Socialism

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Herbert Marcuse: Critical Theory as Radical Socialism
Herbert Marcuse: Critical Theory as Radical Socialism
Charles Reitz

In Herbert Marcuse one encounters what was lacking in other members of the Frankfurt School: a critique of advanced industrial society (Wiggershaus, 1988: 676) and a vision of the most radical goals of socialism (Marcuse, 1972: 5). Marcuse is one of the most illustrious and radical thinkers of his time – the author of the highly acclaimed and influential volumes One-Dimensional Man (1964) and An Essay on Liberation (1969a). His life’s work offers much more that is brilliant, and constitutes his matchless contribution to the field of Frankfurt School critical theory.

Often characterized as the ‘philosopher of the student revolts’, his intellectual impact has been connected most ...

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