A Study of Unidirectionality under the Marsecu Theory of Technical Dissimilarity

Marcuse; technological alienation; unidirectionality; critique


  • Yang Ruqin School of Marxism, Chengdu Medical College, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
January 3, 2023


Technological alienation is a prominent manifestation of modern society. Marcuse, a representative of the Frankfurt School, profoundly exposed and criticized the spiritual deprivation of a materially rich and developed industrial society. With the continuous progress of science and technology, social pluralism has been increasingly eroded, gradually moving towards a "one-way" state of existence, the root of which lies in the fact that the subject is a "one-way" human being. In this society, not only are politics, economics and culture 'one-dimensional' but even the instinctive needs of human beings are suppressed. This article seeks to examine how to avoid becoming a 'one-dimensional person' in the light of Marcuse's critical theory of technological alienation.