About the Society

The International Herbert Marcuse Society is an open gathering of the community of academics, scholars, 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. 

The 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, the Marcuse Society is a nonprofit corporation.   

More specific information about the Society's mission, purposes, and governance is provided in our organizational documents 
(e.g., Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws), which are available on this website.

Founded in 2005, the Society sponsors biennial conferences, publications, archival projects, and other programs.  
We welcome your membership and participation in the Society. 


     pas à pas                             step by step
nulle part                            nowhere
            nul seule                             not a single one
    ne sait comment                knows how
  petits pas                             tiny steps
nulle part                            nowhere
    obstinement                        stubbornly

-- Samuel Beckett,
dedicated to Herbert Marcuse
on his 80th birthday

Source: English translation by Edith Fourier, as published in John Abromeit and W. Mark Cobb, eds., Herbert Marcuse: A Critical Reader, London and New York: Routledge, 2004, p. 1.



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