The Aesthetic Dimension

The Aesthetic Dimension

The Aesthetic Dimension: Toward a Critique of Marxist Aesthetics is a 1977 book about aesthetics by philosopher Herbert Marcuse. It explicates Marcuse's account of modern art's political implications and relationship with society at large.

It is the final major work by Marcuse, best known as a founding member of the Frankfurt School. The book is also noteworthy as a demarcation of his split with Marxism via his rejection of Marxist aesthetics.

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... The Aesthetic Dimension (not to be confused with a chapter from Marcuse's Eros and Civilization of the same name) is a response to previous writings within critical theory on the subject of art, notably those of ... Adorno (as represented mainly by his posthumous Aesthetic Theory) and Marcuse agree that this possibility must be realized through artistic detachment and symbolism, but Marcuse ...

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