Marcuse’s Ghost: On Ronald Aronson’s Existentialist Politics; What Does It Mean to Transform the World? Ron Aronson, Hope and Revolution; We – A Response to Jonathan Judaken and Beck Pitt

in Volume 21 (2015): Issue 2 (Dec 2015): Diverse Lineages of Existentialism
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These articles deal with the theme of revolutionary hope in Ron Aronson’s work. Jonathan Judaken looks at Aronson’s conception of the politics of everyday life, or existentialist politics, inspired by Herbert Marcuse’s Marxism, which offered an explanation for inequality, privilege, and other social evils, as well as pointing the way to a solution to those problems. Rebecca Pitt deals with Aronson’s activism and commitment to changing the world, contextualizing this in Aronson’s work: his book on Sartre’s Second Critique, as well as his most recent work on social progress and hope.