Saturday, February 9, 2013

#40 / What Marcuse Said

Herbert Marcuse was a philosopher much read and much loved by my friends, during my undergraduate years. According to Wikipedia, he was "the preeminent theorist of the New Left." According to the Hannah Arendt Center, this is what Marcuse said about thinking:

...thinking consists in knowing that the objective world is in reality, a subjective world, that it is the objectification of the subject.

The way I read that quote, Marcuse is saying that the "real" world is the result of what we "subjects," we human beings, believe and do.

At the time, I didn't really think I understood Marcuse and the other philosophers. Maybe I did, after all.

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