Reason and Revolution

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Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory
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The 1960 Beacon Press edition
Author Herbert Marcuse
Language English
Subject Philosophy
Published 1941 (Oxford University Press)
Media type Print
Pages 431

Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory is a 1941 book by Herbert Marcuse.


Marcuse discusses the social and political ideas of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.[1] He criticizes the thesis, propounded by Leonard Trelawny Hobhouse, that Hegel was a totalitarian, making the case that Hegel was a revolutionary.[2]

Marcuse also discusses the philosophical basis of Karl Marx's thought,[3] and provides an account of Marx's notion of labour.[4]

Scholarly reception[edit]

Reason and Revolution was praised by pychoanalyst Erich Fromm, who described it as "brilliant and penetrating" and called it "the most important work which has opened up an understanding of Marx's humanism".[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Singer, Peter (2001). Hegel: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 124. ISBN 0-19-280197-X. 
  2. ^ Robinson, Paul (1990). The Freudian Left: Wilhelm Reich, Geza Roheim, Herbert Marcuse. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press. p. 152. ISBN 0-8014-9716-7. 
  3. ^ a b Fromm, Erich (1975). Marx's Concept of Man. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. pp. ix, 74. ISBN 0-8044-6161-9. 
  4. ^ McLellan, David (1995). Karl Marx: A Biography. London: Papermac. p. 444. ISBN 0-333-63947-2. 

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