Professors: One-Dimensional Philosopher

With his kindly Kris Kringle smile, his Katzenjammer accent and his snow-white hair, Professor Herbert Marcuse of the University of California's San Diego campus seems too charmingly ge nial to be a revolutionary. He coos over the fine fur of his rust-colored cat, Freddie, and holds a lifetime membership in the San Diego Zoo, where he affectionately favors owls, elephants and hippopotamuses. Yet whether in Berkeley or Berlin, today's youthful radicals, who are challenging the most basic premises of industrial society, increasingly turn to the writings of the aging (he will be...