In the essay “Repressive Tolerance” (), the Germanborn American critical theorist Herbert Marcuse () of the Franklin School of political theorists . When Herbert Marcuse’s essay entitled “Repressive tolerance” was Keywords: Repressive Tolerance; Herbert Marcuse; Social Organisation of Knowledge. Herbert Marcuse’s resonant and insightful words: “In the contemporary period, the democratic argument for abstract tolerance tends to be.
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Hegelhowever, Marcuse insisted that the meaning and logic of ideas, concepts, and principles cannot be determined abstractly, but instead are dialectically conditioned by the totality of the historical epoch in which they are practiced. And, following Sigmund FreudMarcuse conceded that, in any civilized society, intractable conflicts would necessitate the suppression of important human desires.
The practice of a liberating tolerance was the only hope for its restoration. Driven as they are by the engines of advertising, propaganda, and militarism in tepressive service of ever-increasing affluence, advanced liberal capitalist societies are defined by their inequality.
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As such, they have lost their capacity to tolerabce truth through the free exercise of their individual reason, and, in turn, to create a just and humane society. Far from serving as a neutral medium for rational reflection, the language, its very concepts and categories, is transformed into a neutralizing instrument of repression.
For this reason, affirmative, partisan steps slanted to the Left are needed to liberate individuals and to restore their ability to reason. Who would these clear-sighted leaders be, and how many could we expect to find?
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