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One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society

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One of the most important texts of modern times, Herbert Marcuse's analysis and image of a one-dimensional man in a one-dimensional society has shaped many young radicals' way of seeing and experiencing life. Published in 1964, it fast became an ideological bible for the emergent New Left. As Douglas Kellner notes in his introduction, Marcuse's greatest work was a 'damning ...more
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Published July 11th 2006 by Routledge Classics (first published 1964)
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Tyler
Nov 30, 2008 Tyler rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Philosophy or Social Sciences
Recommended to Tyler by: A Friend
Shelves: philosophy
Here's an interesting thought: Every technologically advanced society operates on a de facto ideology stemming from the technology itself, regardless of its particular political system. When television or the Internet replace newspapers, for instance, as the means by which an individual interacts with society, the concomitant replacement of words by images takes on an unforeseen brainwashing quality. This is the odd progression looked at in One-Dimensional Man, and Herbert Marcuse’s investigatio ...more
Javier
Jun 26, 2007 Javier rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All who live in advanced industrial societies
A nice addition to Marcuse's Eros and Civilization, One-Dimensional Man presents Marcuse's devastating characterization of advanced capitalist society as totalitarian. As in his previous work, Marcuse here follows in the footsteps of Marx (tied together with Freud, actually) in criticizing the furtherance of repression in societies with highly advanced technologies--he calls for a re-appraisal of this mode of existence (which he calls domination) and a restructuring of 'work' into 'play' (foll ...more
Thom Dunn
yadayadayadayadayadayadayada--- As well read the endless debates of the Scholastic Philosophers for all the good Marxist and neo-Marxist theorizing does anyone. Once buy into the notion of Historical Inevitability, whether it be the Inevitable Class Struggle or the Second Coming of Jesus, and human experience is open to endless criticism concerning its conformity--or the lack of it--or the antithesis of it-- to the way things are spozed to go. Instead, gimme Rachel Ray, the Tuscan Sun and bottle ...more
Erik Graff
Nov 04, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Edward J. Erickson
Shelves: philosophy
Marcuse was a very prominent figure when I was in high school and on into the seventies. While familiar to pretty much everyone with a penchant for politics, few actually went beyond the various articles by and about him or the occasional interview in the progressive press. My intellectual mentor in high school, Ed Erickson, however, had read One-Dimensional Man and passed on a copy of it with a very strong recommendation.

Not having read much Marx in high school and having read no Heidegger, I f
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Roger Cottrell
This book remains as important and flawed as ever and is probably MORE significant now than when it was published in 1964. A couple of weeks back, Nick Cohen wrote a salient article in The Observer in which he compared the present political situation with that in the 1930s - the last time that capitalism experienced a crisis of this magnitude (though not compounded to the same extent by the circulation of fictitious capital in the economy). The 1930s gave us a revolutionary crisis, Jarrow marche ...more
Graham
This is pretty damned radical for its time (1964). People mock the Frankfurt school these days for reasons I do not understand. One Dimensional Man is Marcuse's best known work, though probably not his best. The question he tries to answer is rather straight forward: What has late industrial society done to us and how has it shaped our state of mind? The problem with Marcuse (as with other Marxists, I suppose) is that while criticizing industrialization, he still holds out much hope in technolog ...more
muaad alqaydy
يتحدث الكتاب عما يسميه الاستبداد الكلي في المجتمعات الغربية الصناعية، وتذويب جميع مظاهر الاختلاف الطبيعية واحتواءها في سبيل المزيد من الانتاج وخلق النموذج الواحد ، في الأفكار والرؤى والأحلام والسلوك. وتأثيرات النظام الرأس مالي والسياسة وتأثيرها في التقنية والعكس أيضا، والكتاب محمل بأفكار ما قبل سقوط الشيوعية فهو ما يفتأ يقارن بين النظام الشيوعي والنظام الرأسمالي والحلول التي اتخذها هذا النظام وذاك، لذا ثمة أفكار كثيرة تجاوزها الزمن ، لكن هناك فصل عن اللغة في العالم الصناعي عميق ومركز تحدث فيه ع ...more
1.1
"This society turns everything it touches into a potential source of progress and of exploitation, of drudgery and satisfaction, of freedom and of oppression."

Wow. Few things I've read in the past 12 months even approximate what reading this fine book was like. As a neophyte of Marxist theory, the proceedings were at times hard to follow: I would read five pages enthusiastically, and on the sixth I would be incapable of attentive reading. I would constantly find myself thinking about other thing
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Mashael Alamri
السياسة هي الممارسة التي تتطور من خلالها المؤسسات الاجتماعية الأساسية وتتحد و تستمر وتتبدل إنها ممارسة الأفراد مهما تكن الصورة التي هم منضمون عليها ومن هنا كان لامناص من أن نطرح على أنفسنا من جديد هذا السؤال :
كيف يستطيع الأفراد المساسون الذين ينعكس تشويههم حتى في حرياتهم و صبواتهم ؟
كيف يستطيعون أن يتحرروا من أنفسهم ومن سادتهم في آن واحد وما السبيل إلى كسر الحلقة المفرغة ؟ *

إن الجتمع الصناعي المقدم لم يزيف حاجات الإنسان المادية فحسب بل زيف أيضاً حاجاته الفكرية فكره بالذات والفكر أصلا عدو لدود
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Aya
قد وصف ماركوز من خلال (الإنسان ذو البعد الواحد) تلك الامبريالية النفسية التي هيمنت على الداخل الغربي وصفا دقيقا حين قال: إن المجتمع الاميركي هو مجتمع التسامح القامع, أي أن هذه المجتمعات الغربية هي مجتمعات شمولية من دون قهر خارجي ومن دون ضرورة وجود شرطة ومن دون قهر مفروض مرئي فالتكنولوجيا(تصنع) الإنسان -ربما أكثر مما يصنعهما- وتسيطر على حياته وتوجهها باتجاه معين, وذلك الأمر الذي سمح بسيطرة هائلة على حياة البشر, وهذا مرده إلى نمط من العقلانية الغربية التي تلقي ب (العقل الأخلاقي والغائي) بعيدا مستب ...more
مهند
كتاب فلسفي يحمل بعدا سياسيا واجتماعيا وثقافيا وجاء في فترة عقد الستينات من القرن الماضي اثناء الموجات الفكرية التي اريد لها ان تعطي الحرية المطلقة للانسان...
يعتبر الفيلسوف الالماني الامريكي هربرت ماركوز الاب الروحي للثورة الطلابية التي اجتاحت العالم في عام 1968 بسبب افكاره وتحليلاته الداعية الى تحرير المجتمعات من اسر الاستهلاك والخضوع للماديات والانشغال بأمور التي تسلب انسانية الانسان
قد يجهل البعض مدى تأثير ماركوز بسبب قدم الثورة الطلابية واضمحلال تأثيراتها الحالية الا انه ضمن صفوف الفلاسفة والا
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Omar Adel
فى الكتاب ده بيحاول ماركيوز الاجابه على سؤال واضح
ليه محصلتش الثوره فى البلاد الصناعيه المتقدمه لحد دلوقتى طبقا لما تفترضه النظريه الماركسيه خصوصا مع توفر القوه الكلاسيكيه للثوره وهى البروليتاريا
وبيشوف ماركيوز ان الثوره مش ممكن تحصل بدون وعى بالإستغلال بمعنى ان طبقة البروليتاريا الحاليه اصبحت تتحرك فى اطار الدوله البرجوازيه التكنولوجيه متوهمين ان الاطار ده بيخدم مصالحهم وان هم مستفيدين من ثمار التقدم التكنولوجى مش من ضحاياه وبالتالى فمش ممكن تحصل الثوره الا اذا تيقنت طبقة البروليتاريا انهم ضحايا
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Andrea
A metà mi ha stroncato

Mi sono trovato ad aspettare mia moglie davanti alla sede centrale della Mediolanum, a Milano 2. Era là per un colloquio di lavoro, per fortuna andato a buca.

Leggevo L'uomo ad una dimensione, davanti all'ingresso, chiuso in una Fiat Panda.
Un pomeriggio intero.

Attorno a me passavano uomini della Mediolanum in cravatta: cravatte in pausa pranzo, cravatte in pausa sigaretta, cravatte frustrate, cravatte trionfanti, cravatte capo e cravatte gregario. Centinaia.

E io dentro la pa
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Asimov April
بدأت بالمقدمة التي تصلح لتكون الخاتمة التي يعلوها عنوان بيدك أن تقرأها أو لا ! ، مكان المقدمة ليس صحيحاً ، ففيها أبدى جورج المترجم رأيه بالكتاب و مؤلفه من ناحية نقدية ، و أبحر في بحر المصطلحات الصعب الذي يبعد القارئ عن الفكرة العامّة ! ، لذلك فهو برأيي معرض لكم من المصطلحات المفيدة لأن يعرفها القارئ قبل قراءة الكِتاب .

فَهم ماركوز للتعبئة و الإنتاج الحربي جميل نوعاً ما ، تحدث عن تلك الانتاجات الحربية الزائفة لكل مجتمع ، و سيطرة التكنولوجيا القمعية على المجتمع الذي تجمع منه مجتمع غير معرض ، و أضاف
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Benjamin Hersh
few books have left me more curious to read other people's reviews.

sadly, it's my impression that relatively few reviewers here, lovers or haters, have actually read the book in its entirety. browsing the reviews, one can easily get the impression that this book is an awesome (or awful) critique of modern technological society. which it is, but also much more.

the things that many people respond to arrive within the first few sections of the book. lots of fluffy, vague rhetoric about industrial
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Pedro
Aunque se nota que los años han pasado por el libro, en su mayor parte sigue describiendo bien la sociedad. Quizás lo menos actual sea el temor a una guerra mundial atómica, pero la descripción de cómo la sociedad industrial asfixia cualquier alternativa como utópica o irracional sigue estando de actualidad. Sin embargo, creo que hoy hay más esperanza que en la época en la que escribió Marcuse, desgraciadamente en el sentido de la frase que cierra el libro. La cita es de Walter Benjamin, que esc ...more
Pegah
This book explains why the people of the modern society are considered to be one dimensional.
Nowadays, because of the industrial life conditions, people are going to be alienated, from the others, society and even from themselves.
R. Eck
I like this NYRB summary:
(1) The concept of “one-dimensional man” asserts that there are other dimensions of human existence in addition to the present one and that these have been eliminated. It maintains that the spheres of existence formerly considered as private (e.g. sexuality) have now become part of the entire system of social domination of man by man, and it suggests that totalitarianism can be imposed without terror.

(2) Technological rationality, which impoverishes all aspects of contem
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Andrew
It's the post war boom and the working class seems to be content with their suburban houses and their TV sets. Nobody is talking about revolution anymore and looking at the state of the USSR, the whole idea seems frankly ridiculous. Marcuse thinks the situation is a brick wall for human progress. Our alienation had been smoothed over by passifying consumerism and the whole system has assumed a logic all of its own, so it's not even clear we can blame the boss anymore. Just see a shrink instead.

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Philip
Ideological Consumerism: Contemporary Reflections on One Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse

Over fifty years ago the Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse published the book that made his name, One Dimensional Man. What perplexed Marxist analysts at the time was how one might explain the apparent acquiescence of those whom capitalism exploited in order to extract its profit in an overall process that perpetuated a continued slavery. Gramschi’s concept of hegemony had identified a latency that disco
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Sawsan Alotaibi
Feb 09, 2012 Sawsan Alotaibi marked it as سأعيد-قراءته  ·  review of another edition
مع احترامي للمترجم ومابذله من جهد لكن الترجمة كانت مؤذية فعلاً
أتمنى إعادة ترجمة هذا الكتاب مرة أخرى
ولولا اضطراري لقراءته لبحث متعلق بهذا المفهوم لتركته حتى أتمكن من قراءته بلغته الأصلية إن شاء الله

كتاب جيد جداً .
وساعدني على فهم كثير مما فيه قراءات سابقة وقراءة متزامنة لكتاب " مدرسة فرانكفورت "

أنصح به .
Gordon Hilgers
In an odd way, the anti-war and cultural revolutionaries of the 1960s owe a lot to Herbert Marcuse's One Dimensional Man, a quasi-Marxist book of psychohistory that analyzes and indicts modern culture as being a repressive force that dominates men while offering them a limited degree of the full freedom they all need. Clearly written yet complex enough to be read with open eyes, One Dimensional Man retains its influence over 50 years after its original publication. It's odd the righties aren't y ...more
Диана
Dec 20, 2014 Диана marked it as not-likely-to-read-soon  ·  review of another edition
This book is not an easy read - the style seems just that little bit convoluted and unclear, the argument not too transparent or well structured; it seems that the ideas in the book could be expressed in fewer words. This is not by itself a reason to stop oneself from reading it, but as the subject is not in my immediate interest at the moment (I only took up the book more or less out of curiosity, since it was referenced in another work, and I know that it is a classic) it was sufficient to sto ...more
Annmarie
This book changed my life as an undergrad, and hasn't stopped yet.
محمد علي الفارس
لماذا لا يثور الناس؟
هذا هو السؤال الأساسي في الكتاب، انطلاقًا من أدبيات الماركسية المفعمة بالثورة، يأتي هذا النقد الصارخ، بل والمناقض تقريبًا لكل الفكر الماركسي، في تشخصيه للواقع.

وحين يشرع الكاتب الإجابة عن هذا السؤال، فإنه يضعنا أمام الإشكالية الأم: "الطابع اللاعقلاني للعقلانية" في المجتمعات الصناعية المتقدمة.

هذا الكتاب عن "الغربة" و "الاغتراب"، وعن عالم مسطح أحادي البعد، جرى فيه تسطيح الإنسان، فسطح الفن واللغة والمجال الحيوي كله وباقي النشاطات الإنسانية.

إنه يعترض على الأساطير المؤسسة للعلم: و
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Tom
I tried hard to give this a sympathetic reading, because I very much appreciate and admire the spirit behind critical theory; that is, the attempt to examine and expose the cultural and societal institutions, relations, and systems which submit us to bondage and subjection. The way in which Marcuse goes about this, however, is problematic. Although in general I would say I'm highly critical of this work, I'll start with what I agreed with and found insightful.

First, Marcuse rightly emphasizes th
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David
Fascinating. Marcuse is a clear writer, and the critiques he provides here seem still very apt. If you think all critiques of capitalism are really just secret pleas for some utopian form of socialism, this might be a good book for you. Marcuse discusses the flaws and terrors inherent in certain forms of capitalism and in the Really Existing Socialism he saw around the world. (This book was published in 1964, which makes its diagnosis all the more amazing. And also a little bit depressing.)

Imagi
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Neil
"A comfortable, smooth, reasonable, democratic unfreedom prevails in advanced industrial civilization, a token of technical progress"

I don't think it's possible to fully appreciate this book without awareness of the context of America in the 1960s. The Keynesian welfare state; the faith in technology and industry to bring peace and prosperity at the same time as the Cold War made near-instant nuclear annihilation of humanity a constant and disturbingly real possibility; the ascendance in US phil
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Liam
"A comfortable, smooth, reasonable, democratic unfreedom prevails in advanced industrial civilization." (1)

"...euphoria in unhappiness..." (5)

"The music of the soul is also the music of salesmanship." (57)

Happy Consciousness: "the belief that the real is the rational and that the system delivers the goods." (84)

"This style is of an overwhelming concreteness. The 'thing identified with its function' is more real than the thing distinguished from its function, and the linguistic expression of this
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Roberto Suarez
It is the standard of living revolved around a highly developed industrialized society that enslaves mankind to an illusion of materialized happiness. Marcuse states that “Our society distinguishes itself by conquering the centrifugal social forces with Technology rather than Terror, on the dual basis of an overwhelming efficiency and an increasing standard of living”.

One of my mentor professors recommended this book after reading one of my last papers which I coined the term “one-dimensional c
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German-Jewish philosopher, political theorist and sociologist, and a member of the Frankfurt School. Celebrated as the "Father of the New Left", his best known works are Eros and Civilization, One-Dimensional Man and The Aesthetic Dimension. Marcuse was a major intellectual influence on the New Left and student movements of the 1960s.
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