Critical pedagogy, political economics, and aesthetic theory combine with dialectical and materialist understandings of science, society, and revolutionary politics to develop the most radical goals of society and education. In Philosophy and Critical Pedagogy: Insurrection and Commonwealth, Marcuse's hitherto misunderstood and neglected philosophy of labor is reconsidered, resulting in a labor theory of ethics. This develops commonwealth criteria of judgment regarding the real and enduring economic and political possibilities that concretely encompass all of our engagement and action. Marcuse's newly discovered 1974 Paris Lectures are examined and the theories of Georg Lukacs and Ernest Manheim contextualize the analysis to permit a critical assessment of the nature of dialectical methodology today. Revolutionary strategy and a common-ground political program against intensifying inequalities of class, race, and gender comprise the book's commonwealth counter-offensive.
Charles Reitz studied philosophy at Freiburg University, attaining his PhD in educational studies from the State University of New York. He is the author of Art, Alienation, and the Humanities: A Critical Engagement with Herbert Marcuse and editor of Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren.
Contents: Education and Struggle - Materialism and Dialectics: Nature, History, and Knowing - The Dialectic of the Concrete Concept: Ernest Manheim - Liberating "the Critical" in Critical Theory - The "Linguistic Turn" and Anti-Foundationalism - Herbert Marcuse and the New Culture Wars: Campus Codes, Hate Speech, and the Critique of Pure Tolerance - Education Against Alienation - The Labor Theory of Ethics and Commonwealth - Global Capitalism and Radical Opposition: Herbert Marcuse's Paris Lectures at Vincennes University, 1974 - Critical Education and Political Economy: Labor, Leadership and Learning - Decommodification and Liberation: Commonwealth as Aesthetic Form of an Alienation-Free Society - The Commonwealth Counter-Offensive - Engaging a Radical Past: Socialist Germans in N.Y.C., 1853 - Engaging a Radical Past: Anti-Racism in Kansas Free State Struggle, 1854.