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HON 394: Global Classroom

Joint critical theory seminar hosted by Arizona State University and Universidade Federal do ABC

Herbert Marcuse

Herbert Marcuse, Newton, Massachusetts
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Born in Berlin in 1898, Herbert Marcuse was a philosopher, social scientist and a prominent member of The Institute for Social Research (Institute für Sozialforschung) in Frankfurt. Fleeing the Nazi Party in the 1930s, he emigrated to the United States, where he spent the remainder of his career as a political theory professor—first at Columbia and Harvard, then at Brandeis, and finally at the University of California, San Diego. In part because he was willing to support emancipatory struggles and engage seriously with student protesters, Marcuse became one of the most prominent philosophers and social theorists of the New Left movement of the 1960s, and his work is experiencing a resurgence in popularity today. Although his writing spans many different fields, a prominent focus of his research is the way that scientific and technological developments are tied to economic and social structures, and how these interrelated forces should be understood in the struggle for human emancipation

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