Marcuse's critical theory of modernity

  title={Marcuse's critical theory of modernity},
  author={Espen Hammer},
  journal={Philosophy \& Social Criticism},
  pages={1071 - 1093}
  • Espen Hammer
  • Published 1 November 2008
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy & Social Criticism
Analyzing Eros and Civilization, in this article I argue that Marcuse is incapable of offering an account of the empirical dynamics that may lead to the social change he envisions, and that his appeal to the benefits of automatism is blind to its negative effects. I then claim that Marcuse's vision of the good life as centered on libidinal self-realization, if actualized, would threaten the freedom of individuals and potentially undermine their sense of self-integrity. Comparing Marcuse's… 
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