Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia:
A Graphic Biography
This event includes a book signing
May 28, 2019
7:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes cartoonist, author, and illustrator NICK THORKELSON for a discussion of his latest book, Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia: A Graphic Biography. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.
About Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia
Herbert Marcuse was one of the twentieth century’s most unlikely pop stars: a celebrity philosopher. In the 1960s, his argument for a “principled utopianism” catalyzed the idealism of a rebellious generation, and Marcuse became an intellectual guide for activists and revolutionaries around the world.
From his early studies with Martin Heidegger, to his flight from Nazi Germany with Frankfurt School colleagues, to his status as a countercultural icon, readers are introduced to the development of Marcuse's philosophical theories and the political realities that shaped his work.
Marcuse's advocacy for a more humane, sustainable world was grounded in a personal knowledge of authoritarianism's violence, and the risk of its resurgence. Perennially relevant, radical, and inspiring, Marcuse’s concept of a "Great Refusal"—the protest against that which is—is a guide for our times.
Praise for Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia
"A warm, funny, richly detailed biography. Thorkelson has found a powerful graphic style and narrative voice that animate Marcuse's life and his theory of rebellion. As both personal saga and primer on radical political philosophy, it could not be more relevant to today's resistance movement." —Dan Wasserman, editorial cartoonist for the Boston Globe
"Philosopher of Utopia is art on the attack! A perfect celebration of this unique public intellectual done through a fusion of skill and imagination, Thorkelson’s book provides access to the genius and the grit of this master of the dialectic." —Lowell Bergman, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Distinguished Chair in Investigative Reporting at UC Berkeley
"Nick Thorkelson's exploration of the ideas and personality of Herbert Marcuse is exactly the sort of comic book I have longed to read. It is engaging, artful, and explores the world of revolutionary ideas. Books like this keep the fire going inside." —Joe Sacco, author of Footnotes in Gaza
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