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Hegels Ontology and the Theory of Historicity Herbert Marcuse

Hegels Ontology and the Theory of Historicity

Herbert Marcuse

Published May 27th 1987
ISBN : 9780262132213
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360 pages
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This was Herbert Marcuses first book on Hegel, written in the early 1930s when he was under the strong influence of Martin Heidegger. It provides a still unequaled Heideggerian reading of Hegels thought that seeks the defining characteristics ofMoreThis was Herbert Marcuses first book on Hegel, written in the early 1930s when he was under the strong influence of Martin Heidegger. It provides a still unequaled Heideggerian reading of Hegels thought that seeks the defining characteristics of historicity - what it means to say that a historical event happens. These ideas were foundational for Marcuse- they express a tradition known as phenomenological Marxism, subsequently represented by Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty and by some members of the Praxis group in Yugoslavia.The book is in two parts. The first analyzes Hegels Logic in order to identify its ontological problematic or theory of being- by focusing on Hegels Early Theological Writings and the Phenomenology of Spirit, the second part argues that the concept of Life in its historicity was in fact the original foundation of Hegelian ontology. Clearly this is a purer form of philosophizing than Marcuse was to pursue after he joined the Institut fur Sozialforschung, discovered Freud, and distanced himself from Heideggers philosophy. But there is a definite connection between his analysis of historicity in this important early work and his later attempts to understand the underlying dynamic of contemporary history and society in such books as One-Dimensional Man and Eros and Civilization.Hegels Ontology and the Theory of Historicity is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy,