The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978
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The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978 : Dialogues on Hegel, Marx, and Critical Theory

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This volume contains the correspondence during the years 1954 to 1978 between Marxist-Humanist and feminist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-87) and the Hegelian Marxist philosopher and social theorist Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) and the psychologist and social critic Erich Fromm (1900-80). The exchanges show the deeply Marxist and humanist concerns of these theorists while also highlighting their significant differences on key issues in philosophy, politics, and psychology during the turbulent decades of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.show more

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  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 24mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739168363
  • 9780739168363
  • 1,483,063

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[This work] could not have been published at a better time. In addition to an increase of interest in the works of all three thinkers, we are also seeing new social developments that each of them would find it necessary to respond to. This volume discloses the theoretical develop of Dunayevskaya, Marcuse, and Fromm as they engaged the social and political struggles of their day. It is evident that we can learn from them today. -- Arnold L. Farr, University of Kentucky This supple meditation on the exchange among three of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century is an absorbing, stimulating and fiercely illuminating contribution to radical philosophy. And further, this collection of correspondence between Dunayevskaya, Marcuse and Fromm is not only historically significant from the perspective of philosophical aficionados, but limpidly demonstrates the continued relevance, if not urgency, of the work of these iconic thinkers for the present historical juncture. And most significantly, the volume speaks to the growing importance of Marxist humanist philosophy for a radical transcendence of domination and oppression as a concrete historical possibility for our times. -- Peter McLaren, Honorary Chair Professor and Director of the Center for Critical Studies, Northeast Normal University, China This book is an excellent treatment of an understudied area in the history of the development of Frankfurt School Critical Theory in the U.S. and its intersections with Marxist Humanism. It delivers an original piece of work in the Critical Theory/history of the Frankfurt School literature; it fills an important gap by making the connection between these three important Marxist theorists who all evolved intellectually in the context of the U.S. and emigrated from Europe; and it presents material that will challenge historians of radical thought in the U.S. from the 1950s to the 1970s as well. -- Douglas Kellner, UCLA; author of Media Culture and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy Anderson and Rockwell's edited collection of the correspondence between Raya Dunayevskaya and first Herbert Marcuse, then Erich Fromm, brings Marxist humanism to life. These letters give the reader a close view of these three major theorists' understanding of the movements and issues of these decades, and of their sometimes corresponding, sometimes clashing political and theoretical outlooks. Anderson and Rockwell's introduction places these dialogues in context, tracing the political and intellectual evolution of each of the authors, and highlighting the importance of the issues that they grapple with. This collection is a crucial resource for anyone wishing to understand Marxist humanism, the range of views within it, and its relation to Critical Theory. -- Barbara Epstein, University of California, Santa Cruz This book will be most interesting to those with a serious and political interest in one or more of the interlocutors. The text has important documentary value, and its publication is timely, since the contribution of Marcuse and Fromm to the Frankfurt School is being re-evaluated and in this time of left regrouping in the United States, Dunayevskaya's legacy is more important than ever. Marx & Philosophy Review of Booksshow more

About Professor Kevin B. Anderson

Kevin B. Anderson is a professor of sociology, political science, and feminist studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. Russell Rockwell is an independent scholar based in New York.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Editors' Introduction Note on Sources Abbreviations The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse Correspondence, 1954-78 The Dunayevskaya-Fromm Correspondence, 1959-78 Appendix Marcuse's Preface to Dunayevskaya's Marxism and Freedom Dunayevskaya's Review of Marcuse's Soviet Marxism Dunayevskaya's Review of Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man Fromm's Foreword to the German Edition of Dunayevskaya's Philosophy and Revolution Dunayevskaya's "In Memoriam" to Marcuse Dunayevskaya's "In Memoriam" to Frommshow more