Introduction 1. Aesthetics and the Reconstruction of Society 2. The Artist and Social Theory 3. Affirmations 4. A Literature of Intimacy 5. Society as a Work of Art 6. The End of Utopia 7. The Aesthetic Dimension 8. Legacies and Practices Notes Index
Malcolm Miles is Professor of Cultural Theory in the School of Architecture, Design & Environment, University of Plymouth; Visiting Professor of Aesthetics and Urban Regeneration in the School of Sociology & Criminology, Keele University; and author of Herbert Marcuse: an Aesthetics of Liberation (2011).
'Introducing the aesthetic writings of radical philosopher Herbert Marcuse, cultural theorist Malcolm Miles explores the role the imagination plays for Marcuse in political transformation, offering us the hope of a horizon to neoliberal capitalism's treachery' -- Jane Rendell, Professor and Vice Dean of Research, The Bartlett, UCL, and author of Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006) and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002). 'A comprehensive critical overview and an interrogation of Marcuse's writings on art and aesthetics' -- Douglas Kellner, UCLA, author of Herbert Marcuse and the Crisis of Marxism and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy 'Goes back to Marcuse's work on aesthetics to link philosophy, art, history, political analysis, and sociological insights in a deeply humane search for the way to a better world. It deserves a very wide readership' -- Peter Marcuse (with obvious bias).