Item #39781 The Dialectics of Liberation. David COOPER.
The Dialectics of Liberation.
The Dialectics of Liberation.


The Dialectics of Liberation.

Harmondsworth, Middx: Penguin Books (1968), second printing 1969. Wrps., 208pp.

A compilation of ten addresses delivered at the conference, “centrally concerned”, Cooper writes in the introduction, “with destruction in two senses: firstly, the self-destruction of the human species by racism (Carmichael), by greed (Gerassi on Imperialism), by the erosion of our ecological context (Bateson, Goodman), by blind, frightened repression of natural instinctuality (Marcuse), by illusion and mystification (Laing and myself); secondly, closely interwoven with the first sense, these essays study the human conditions under which men destroy each other (Jules Henry’s essay on Psychological Preparation for War). So it is a book about mass suicide and mass murder” which needs to be understood “before we begin to talk about liberation.”

Appendices include notes on the contributors and a list of the Liberation LP records.

Near Fine (spine uncreased).