A Proposition for Dialectic Affect Research
Chapter 4. Sunset at Secret Beach
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SUNSET AT SECRET BEACH
“I arrived in La Jolla, California in the fall of 1965 as a graduate student in philosophy. One of my reasons for coming was what I had heard of Herbert Marcuse. He was not yet famous but he was well known and what was known about him intrigued me. I was interested in phenomenology, but a philosopher wild enough to synthesize Marx and Freud was wild enough for a young graduate student looking for an alternative to the positivism then dominating American philosophy….
One afternoon as we left Marcuse’s office a magnificent sunset appeared before us. Standing on the balcony of the Humanities Building dazzled by the spectacle of nature, Marcuse turned to me and said, in his deep, heavily accented voice, ‘Make me a phenomenological reduction of this!’ I was unable to reply. I remember feeling the demand to be unfair, sarcastic.”
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