Herbert Marcuse Biography
(Philosopher and Sociologist His Best-Known Works are "Eros and Civilization" (1955) and "One-Dimensional Man.")
Birthday: July 19, 1898 (Cancer)
Born In: Berlin, Germany
Herbert Marcuse was a German sociologist, philosopher, and political theorist, who is remembered as one of the most important members of ‘The Institute for Social Research’ in Frankfurt, also known as the Frankfurt School. His socialist and academic ambitions were affected by the rise of the ‘Nazi’ movement, and he was forced to migrate to the United States in the early 1930s. He never returned to Germany. His Marxist and Freudian critiques and theories influenced the leftist student rebellions of the 1960s. Two of his major works were ‘One-Dimensional Man’ (1964), a criticism of the American industrial society, and ‘Eros and Civilization’ (1955), which provided a Neo-Freudian perspective of man, claiming that acceptance of sexuality would create a better society. Known as the "Father of the New Left," Marcuse had married thrice in his lifetime. He died in Germany, at the age of 81, but his essays, books, and articles continue to be regarded as prominent literature of the Frankfurt School.