Unhappy consciousness, one-dimensionality, and the possibility of social transformation

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The present article departs from concepts and ideas thoroughly developed by Herbert Marcuse. As such, it deals with his approach concerning the possibility of social transformation, looking to problematize the obstacles and hardships associated to the ongoing forms of social domination. To take this through, central works such as Eros and civilization and One-dimensional man are taken up, along with a number of lesser known texts and posthumously published reflections. Asserting the influence of Hegel, Marx and Freud, it is considered possible to criticize some of the existing contradictions that mark capitalist relations, interpreting them dialectically and immanently to unveil the potentials for social change through democratic attunement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-48
Number of pages24
JournalTempo Social
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2018

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  • Critical theory
  • Emancipation
  • Emancipação
  • Herbert Marcuse
  • Herbert Marcuse
  • One-dimensionality
  • Social transformation
  • Teoria crítica
  • Transformação social
  • Unidimensionalidade

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)


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