Liberation and Alternative Vision


The theme of this essay is liberation and alternative vision.
Write on Marcuse and Roszak and ONE of the following authors: Hegel, Jenkins, Horkheimer, Adorno.
Focusing on a few of their key ideas, integrate these authors in a discussion of how they develop an understanding of ourselves and our relation to society that is liberating.


Marcuse, Essay On Liberation. Beacon Press. ISBN 0-80-700595-9

Marcuse, Herbert. One-Dimensional Man. Boston: Beacon Press, 1964. “Introduction to the First Edition. The Paralysis of Criticism: Society Without Opposition”. (pp. xli-xlix, 1-18)

Marcuse, Herbert. Eros and Civilization. Boston: Beacon Press, 1966. (pp. 21-77)

Roszak, Theodore.Where the Wasteland Ends. New York: Anchor Books, 1973. Introduction, Chapters 3 and 5.
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Liberation and Alternative Vision

The important feature of human life is its fundamentally dialogical character. Generally, we become fully human agents, capable of understanding ourselves and therefore defining our identity through our acquisition of rich human languages of expression. Resisting our own habitual modes of perception is to stop taking a stand on whether things are good, bad or indifferent and to recognize our irrevocable intimacy with all things. According to Marcuse, the privileges and autonomy which were important in the beginning and earlier stages of industrial society translates to a higher stage of the society today (1). In reference to Marcuse, Roszak and Horkheimer, this paper hopes to offer their contributions on liberation and alternative vision. Focusing on a few of their key ideas, the paper will integrate the authors in a discussion of how they develop an understanding of ourselves and our relation to the society that is liberating.

From the early formulation of critical theory, there emanates a notion of rationality that is rooted in social processes while illuminating the perception of cultural knowledge and communication as viewed by Marcuse, Horkheimer and Roszak. Their original contests have been expanded and radicalized by the postmodern critique with respect to the manipulative character of media-produced culture. In agreement, Horkheimer, Marcuse and Roszak argue that the enlightenment promise of reason and freedom that had been a hallmark of modernity has become transformed into unreason and domination throughout modern mass societies whether capitalist or socialist (Marcuse 55; Horkheimer 3)…..

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