Celebrating the recently published volume, The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978, an ???editors meet critics??? format will be used to discuss revolutionary and Hegelian-Marxist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya???s correspondence with two more well-known radical thinkers???Critical Theorist Herbert Marcuse and psychoanalyst Erich Fromm. The correspondence sheds light on Dunayevskaya???s Marxist-Humanism, opening a new window to the debates on dialectical philosophy, automation, and the structure of capitalist society she had with these two influential intellectuals.
The correspondence records in fairly minute detail the intersection and crystallization of Marxist humanism and critical theory as these important tendencies of radical thought developed in the U.S. It shows the Marxist underpinnings of the thinking of Marcuse and Fromm in ways that is not as apparent in their published work. The correspondence illuminates the thinking behind Marcuse???s best-known work, One-Dimensional Man, not only in philosophy, but also in sociology. It also sheds important light on Fromm???s relation to Marxism, especially during the 1960s, and in the 1970s, his thinking about the heritage of the Frankfurt School, with which he had broken in a bitter dispute over decades earlier. In addition, the correspondence documents in great detail Dunayevskaya???s early development as a dialectician, as well as later aspects of her work, especially her study of Rosa Luxemburg and gender.