An Essay on Liberation

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An Essay on Liberation
An Essay on Liberation, first edition.JPG
Cover of the first edition
AuthorHerbert Marcuse
CountryUnited States
SubjectIndustrial society
PublisherBeacon Press
Publication date
Media typePrint

An Essay on Liberation is a 1969 book by the Frankfurt School philosopher Herbert Marcuse.


Marcuse argues that advanced industrial society has rendered the traditional conception of human freedom obsolete, and outlines new possibilities for contemporary human liberation.


Brian Easlea writes that Marcuse, having in the past been attacked by Marxists for his "quite unambiguous indictment of science and perhaps feeling that he had directed too much attention away from the rulers of advanced industrial society", apparently "reversed direction" in An Essay on Liberation by endorsing science and technology as "great vehicles of liberation".[1]



  1. ^ Easlea, Brian (1981). Science and Sexual Oppression: Patriarchy's Confrontation with Woman and Nature. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson. p. 25. ISBN 0 297 77894 3.