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Herbert Marcuse's
Collected Papers

edited by Douglas Kellner

page by Harold Marcuse (homepage)
created Jan. 1, 2005; updated 12/23/10

part of the Official Herbert Marcuse website

Douglas KellnerFor biographical information about Douglas Kellner, see Students Page
volume 1:
Technology, War and Fascism
volume 2:
Towards a Critical Theory of Society
volume 3:
The New Left and the 1960s
volume 4:
Art and Liberation
volume 5:
Philos., Psychoanal. & Emancipation
volume 6:
Marxism, Revolution and Utopia

Thumbnail of book jacket, Towards a Critical Theory of SocietyVolume II:Towards a Critical Theory of Society, with papers from the 1960s and early 1970s and an afterword by Juergen Habermas (Routledge, 2001).
  • publisher's page; google books
  • $42/80 at
  • Contents:
    Foreword by Peter Marcuse [archived on this site]
    1. The Problem of Social Change in the Technological Society
    2. The Individual in the Great Society
    3. The Containment of Social Change in Industrial Society
    4. 1966 Political Preface to Eros and Civilization
    5. Beyond One-Dimensional Man
    6. Cultural Revolution
    7. The Historical Fate of the Bourgeois Democracy
    8. Watergate: When Law and Morality Stand in the Way
    9. A Revolution in Values
    10. Letters: Herbert Marcuse to Leo Lowenthal; Leo Lowenthal to Richard Popkin; Herbert Marcuse to T.W. Adorno; T.W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer to Herbert Marcuse; Herbert Marcuse to T.W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer; Herbert Marcuse to Raya Dunayevskaya; Raya Dunayevskaya to Herbert Marcuse.
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  • Reviewed by David Ingram, Loyola University, Chicago [former student], Jan. 4, 2002

Thumbnail of book jacket, Towards a Critical Theory of SocietyVolume III:The New Left and the 1960s (Routledge, 2005), 224 pages, $69.95.

  • $56/70 at
  • From the publisher's website:
    "The New Left and the 1960s is the third volume of Herbert Marcuse's collected papers. In 1964, Marcuse qublished a major study of advanced industrial society, One Dimensional Man, which was an important influence on the young radicals who formed the New Left. Marcuse embodied many of the defining political impulses of the New Left in his thought and politics - hence a younger generation of political activists looked up to him for theoretical and political guidance. The new material collected in this volume provides a rich and deep grasp of the era and the role of Marcuse in the theoretical and political dramas of the day.
    This volume contains articles, letters, talks an interviews including: "On the New Left," a transcription of the 1968 talk at The Guardian newpaper's 20th anniversary; "Reflections on the French Revolution" which contains comments on the 1968 French student and worker uprising; "Liberation from the Affluent Society" which presents Marcuse's contribution to the 1967 "Dialectics of Liberations" conference; and "USA: Questions of Organization and the Revolutionary Subject", a conversation between Marcuse and the German writer Hans Magnus Enzenburger, published here in English for the first time.
    Edited by Douglas Kellner, this volume will be of interest to all those previously unfamiliar with Herbert Marcuse, generally acknowledged as a major figure in the intellectual and social mileux of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as to specialists who will here have access to previously disparate papers."
  • review: Russell Jacoby, "Men in Dark Times," Nation, Feb 7, 2005 (archive copy with responses by Kellner and P. Marcuse)

Volume IV: Art and Liberation Marcuse papers, vol. 4(Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse, vol. 4)[Dec. 2006]

  • publisher's website with table of contents, and description: "The role of art in Marcuse’s work has often been neglected, misinterpreted or underplayed. His critics accused him of a religion of art and aesthetics that leads to an escape from politics and society. Yet, as this volume demonstrates, Marcuse analyzes culture and art in the context of how it produces forces of domination and resistance in society, and his writings on culture and art generate the possibility of liberation and radical social transformation.
    The material in this volume is a rich collection of many of Marcuse’s published and unpublished writings, interviews and talks, including ‘Lyric Poetry after Auschwitz’, reflections on Proust, and Letters on Surrealism; a poem by Samuel Beckett for Marcuse’s eightieth birthday with exchange of letters; and many articles that explore the role of art in society and how it provides possibilities for liberation.
    This volume will be of interest to those new to Marcuse, generally acknowledged as a major figure in the intellectual and social milieus of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as to the specialist, giving access to a wealth of material from the Marcuse Archive in Frankfurt and his private collection in San Diego, some of it published here in English for the first time.
    A comprehensive introduction by Douglas Kellner reflects on the genesis, development, and tensions within Marcuse’s aesthetic, while an afterword by Gerhard Schweppenhäuser summarizes their relevance for the contemporary era."
  • $78 at amazon

Volume V: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Emancipation Marcuse papers, vol. 5(Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse, vol. 5)[Dec. 2010]

  • publisher's website with table of contents, and description:
    Edited by Douglas Kellner and Clayton Pierce, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Emancipation is the fifth volume of Herbert Marcuse's collected papers. Containing some of Marcuse’s most important work, this book presents for the first time his unique syntheses of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and critical social theory, directed toward human emancipation and social transformation.

    Within philosophy, Marcuse engaged with disparate and often conflicting philosophical perspectives - ranging from Heidegger and phenomenology, to Hegel, Marx, and Freud - to create unique philosophical insights, often overlooked in favor of his theoretical and political interventions with the New Left, the subject of previous volumes. This collection assembles significant, and in some cases unknown texts from the Herbert Marcuse archives in Frankfurt, including:
    • critiques of positivism and idealism, Dewey’s pragmatism, and the tradition of German philosophy
    • philosophical essays from the 1930s and 1940s that attempt to reconstruct philosophy on a materialist base
    • Marcuse’s unique attempts to bring together Freud and philosophy
    • philosophical reflections on death, human aggression, war, and peace
    • Marcuse’s later critical philosophical perspectives on science, technology, society, religion, and ecology.
    A comprehensive introduction by Douglas Kellner, Tyson Lewis and Clayton Pierce places Marcuse’s work in the context of his engagement with the main currents of twentieth century politics and philosophy. An Afterword by Andrew Feenberg provides a personal memory of Marcuse as scholar, teacher and activist, and summarizes the lasting relevance of his radical thought."
  • $99 at amazon
  • Contents:
    • Introduction (1)
      by Douglas Kellner, Tyson Lewis, & Clayton Pierce
    • Part 1: Philosophical Interventions (76)
      1. Theses on Scientific Philosophy
      2. Schiller’s Humanism
      3. Critique of Dewey’s Logic
      4. Critique of Dewey’s Theory of Valuation
      5. Idealism and Positivism
    • Part 2: Psychoanalytic Interventions (101)
      6. Reply to Fromm
      7. Theory and Therapy in Freud
      8. Obsolescence of Psychoanalysis
      9. The Ideology of Death
    • Part 3: From Ontology to Technology (132)
      10. From Ontology to Technology
    • Part 4: Philosophical Reflections on Science and Technology (141)
      11. World without Logos
      12. The Malcontent in the Affluent Society
      13. Anthropological Perspectives on Technology
      14. Phenomenology and Science
      15. Responsibility of Science
    • Part 5: Philosophy in the Contemporary World (160)
      16. On the Position of Thinking Today
      17. Overcoming Domination
      18. Peace as Utopia
      19. The Relevance of Reality
      20. The Role of Religion in Society
    • Part 6: Conversation with Marcuse in Psychology Today (189)
      21. Conversation with Marcuse in Psychology Today
    • Part 7: Late Philosophical/Political Reflections (206
      22. Ecology and Modern Society
      23. Children of Prometheus: 25 Theses on Technology and Society
      24. KPBS Interview on "Critical Philosophy"
    • Part 8: Afterword (234)
      25. Andrew Feenberg, Remembering Marcuse
    • Index (242)

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