An Essay on Liberation

An Essay on Liberation

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In this concise and startling book, the author of One-Dimensional Man argues that the time for utopian speculation has come. Marcuse argues that the traditional conceptions of human freedom have been rendered obsolete by the development of advanced industrial society. Social theory can no longer content itself with repeating the formula, qfrom each according to his ability, to each according to his needs, q but must now investigate the nature of human needs themselves. Marcuse's claim is that even if production were controlled and determined by the workers, society would still be repressivea€”unless the workers themselves had the needs and aspirations of free men. Ranging from philosophical anthropology to aesthetics An Essay on Liberation attempts to outlinea€”in a highly speculative and tentative fashiona€”the new possibilities for human liberation. TheEssay contains the following chapters: A Biological Foundation for Socialism?, The New Sensibility, Subverting Forcesa€”in Transition, and Solidarity.These new relationships would be the result of a aquot;biologicalaquot; solidarity in work and purpose, expressive of a true harmony between social and individual needs and goals, between recognized necessity and free development a€” the exactanbsp;...

Title:An Essay on Liberation
Author:Herbert Marcuse
Publisher:Beacon Press - 1971-06-01


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