About the Society



The International Herbert Marcuse Society is an open gathering of a community of scholars, artists, and activists who labor together in an attempt to explore and make useful for our time the critical theory of Herbert Marcuse as well as other critical theories of refusal and liberation. Our purposes are primarily scholarly and educational, and we promote socially engaged praxis and intellectual projects that arise from this labor. We are dedicated to the transformation of our society into a qualitatively better, more just, democratic, and liberated society.


Founder of the Marcuse Society

Arnold L. Farr founded the Marcuse Society in 2005, when he was then a professor of philosophy at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Now professor of philosophy at University of Kentucky, in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, he is the author of many publications including:


The International Herbert Marcuse Society is organized exclusively for, and its purpose is limited to, charitable, educational, scientific, and literary purposes, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code. Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2013, the Marcuse Society is a nonprofit organization. Details and further information and about the Society's mission, purposes, and governance are provided in our organizational documents (e.g., Articles of Incorporation) and newsletters, which are available on this website.

The Marcuse Society sponsors biennial conferences and regional events around the world, scholarly publications, archival projects, translation projects, prizes for outstanding achievement, scholarships, fellowships, and many other programs, which are described and featured on this website and in our (free) regular newsletter, Critical Highlights. The Society welcomes your participation, scholarship, intellectual engagement, critical and creative inquiries, and many other forms of contribution in support of our mission.



"the work of the free play of the imagination"



"democracy means self-government of free people"



"Soyons realistes, demandons l'impossible!"



"it is the task and duty of the intellectual

to recall and preserve historical possibilities

which seem to have become utopian possibilities"