The objective of this project is to resume the genesis of Utopia in Critical Theory thematic axis in order to sustain the thesis that arises at this point a "critical design" concept from the seizure of their tradition in history. It is an appropriation by the Traditional Theory of Critical Theory that, somehow, overlooked for the second out. Circumscribe such a task in the work of Herbert Marcuse, because, as the author oscillate in their outlook output, utopia is a constant in his work. Additionally, a "new" conception of utopia arises in his body of work. New in the sense that Marcuse strived to make a critical aspect to the "Traditional" utopia, which has been criticized by Marx and by the founders of Critical Theory. In the course of Marcuse, utopia is always present, since the texts on biology until his darkest book One-Dimensional Man, through The End of Utopia. Is this the legacy of Herbert Marcuse? Even following a shed in that utopia is denied, Marcuse seeks to reframe and rearticulate this notion, so to contrast it to that ancient and highlight its emancipatory potential. This return is justified, as it is still necessary to replace the concept of utopia in the current debate of Critical Theory, as if one of the horizons of Critical Theory is emancipation, we should therefore ask: breaking even this horizon emancipation, how could glimpse it without being utopian in the traditional sense? Rebuild the subtraction of this concept in the history of this research will be driving task. Our commitment is not only the mapping of this concept in the work of Marcuse, but highlight a philosophical and political legacy of persistence of this author who defended until the end of his life an end to repression and abuse seek a world emancipated.
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