Herbert Marcuse on the New Left: Dialectic and Rhetoric

  title={Herbert Marcuse on the New Left: Dialectic and Rhetoric},
  author={Chris Swift},
  journal={Rhetoric Society Quarterly},
  pages={146 - 171}
  • Chris Swift
  • Published 25 March 2010
  • Sociology
  • Rhetoric Society Quarterly
Herbert Marcuse's relationship to the student-activists of the 1960s not only required a different form of discourse from that of his colleague, Theodor W. Adorno, but also indicated the range of conditions that govern political discourse in the academy. Whereas Adorno restricted his political activity almost exclusively to the pursuit of dialectical theory, Marcuse's insistence upon speaking to audiences of activists occasioned a contemporary manifestation of ancient debates over the… 
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