Technology, War and Fascism
Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse, Volume 1
Edited by Douglas Kellner
Routledge – 1998 – 296 pages
Herbert Marcuse is one of the most influential thinkers of our time. Born in Berlin, Marcuse studied philosophy with Husserl and Heidegger at the Universities of Freiburg and Berlin. Marcuse's critical social theory ingeniously fuses phenomenology, Freudian thought and Marxist theory; and provides a solid ground for his reputation as the most crucial figure inspiring the social activism and New Left politics of the 1960s and 1970s. The largely unpublished work collected in this volume makes clear the continuing relevance of Marcuse's thought to contemporary issues. The texts published here, dealing with concerns during the period 1942-1951, exhibit penetrating critiques of technology and analyses of the ways that modern technology produces novel forms of society and culture with new modes of social control. The material collected in Technology, War and Facism provides exemplary attempts to link theory with practice, to develop ideas that can be used to grasp and transform existing social reality.
Technology, War and Fascism is the first of six volumes of Herbert Marcuse's Collected Papers to be edited by Douglas Kellner. Each volume is a collection of previously un-published or uncollected essays, unfinished manuscripts and letters by one of the greatest thinkers of our time.
'[this] book is valuable … for documenting what the philosopher of revolution was thinking and writing when he was an official of the United States Government …. Now, for the first time, we are able to read Marcuse's analyses of Nazi Germany, as well as his views of communism and revolution in the period immediately following the war.' - The New Republic
'Part 1940s period piece, part stimulus to ongoing thought on the social impact of technology, this first in a projected six volumes of Marcuse's papers, many of them previously unpublished, merits the attention of critical theorists and general readers alike.' - Kirkus Reviews
' … it is refreshing to read Herbert Marcuse on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth and the issuing of a series of previously unpublished writings and letters by the progressive publisher Routledge …' - - Tikkun
Preface by Douglas Kellner, "The Unknown Marcuse: New Archival Discoveries.", Introduction by Douglas Kellner, "Technology, War, and Fascism: Marcuse in the 1940s", 1. "Some Social Implications of Modern Technology", 2. "State and Individual Under National Socialism" with supplement on "Sex and Art Under Nationalism Socialism", 3. " A History of the Doctrine of Social Change" (with Franz Neumann), 4. "A Theory of Social Change" (with Franz Neumann), 5. "The New German Mentality" with supplemental memoranda, 6. "Description of Three Major Projects", 7. "Some Remarks on Aragon: Art and Politics in the Totalitarian Era", 8. "33 Theses", 9. Letters to Horkheimer, 10. Letters to Heidegger.