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One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial… (1964)

by Herbert Marcuse

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One-Dimensional Man is one of those unique books who grow into their predictions.

Marcuse examined the popular culture and technological achievements of his time and correctly saw their underlying logic -- that of the 'rational', 'scientific' way of managing society, which was not solely a tool of the Western elite but had also been adopted by the Soviet Bloc.

This way of management, no less totalitarian than Mussolini's Italy or Nazi Germany uses the manipulation of language, a cowed, self abasing intelligentsia and complete administration of society to maintain its indefinite dominance and nip any attempt at autonomy in the bud. The products we buy, the television (and now internet) we view and the language we use all imprison our minds in a way more complete than any fanatic or fascist could imagine. One can indeed trap more flies with honey than vinegar.

Fifty years later, the fantastic success of technology at producing material goods and at achieving mass communication has gone on unabated, and we are still buying into the insane, dichotomous logic of perpetual war -- first with the Soviet Union, now with the more nebulous enemy of 'terror' -- of the need for more and more consumption of limited resources, of less and less real freedom. Incessant attacks on Imagination and the humanities for not being 'realistic' or 'rational' continue, the biosphere is in as dire straits as ever it was... and for what?

Today it is difficult to read this book as anything but a prescient jeremiad, albeit with more hope than it ought to have. ( )
  noonaut | Jan 19, 2017 |
Contains one of the best take-downs of linguistic philosophy I've read. ( )
  KatrinkaV | Sep 9, 2016 |
As a beginner's student of philosophy and logic, I must say I had a tough time reading Marcuse's book.

This book was recommended by my American History professor. I was hooked by Marcuse's language and reason in the beginning of the book. It is very wordy; a lot of ideas were repeated throughout the book and general concepts looped were within chapters.

To the lover of philosophy and holder of an open mind, I challenge you to read this book! ( )
1 vote mezcalita | Sep 10, 2014 |

[If linguistic analysis in the tradition of Wittgenstein] contributes to enclosing thought in the circle of the mutilated universe of ordinary discourse, it is at best entirely inconsequential. And, at worst, it is an escape into the non-controversial, the unreal, into that which is only academically controversial.
This is my kind of philosophy.

To say that this meta-context is the Society (with a capital 'S') is to hypostatize the whole over and above the parts. But this hypostatization takes place in reality, is the reality, and the analysis can overcome it only by recognizing it and by comprehending its scope and its causes.
Although it does have its problems, including too much of Marx's embrace of technology:

the break in turn depends on the continued existence of the the technical base itself....The qualitative change rather lies in the reconstruction of this base--that is, in its development with a view of different ends.
A worthwhile read. ( )
1 vote dmac7 | Jun 14, 2013 |
This is one of the most difficult books I have read and most of it probably needs a training in philosophy. I suspect a lot of its influence was mediated through reviews and summaries. It is clear that he thinks that the proletariat has been repressed by new methods of control and that there is more hope in the lumpen-proletariat. ( )
  jgoodwll | May 12, 2012 |
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Dient nicht die Bedrohung durch eine atomare Katastrophe, die das Menschengeschlecht auslöschen könnte, ebensosehr dazu, gerade diejenigen Kräfte zu schützen, die diese Gefahr verewigen?

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Originally published in 1964, One-Dimensional Man quickly became one of the most important texts in the ensuing decade of radical political change. This second edition, newly introduced by Marcuse scholar Douglas Kellner, presents Marcuse's best-selling work to another generation of readers in the context of contemporary events.

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Sometimes a book upsets everything you take for granted. Could two people have survived a WWII massacre? Why is a young man lying in a coma decades later? What is the truth about a woman who roves the world with a chameleon's ability to change who she is? This book is about the degrees of separation between us that we ignore at our peril.… (more)

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