History and Class Consciousness Studies in Marxist Dialectics

ISBN-10: 0262620200
ISBN-13: 9780262620208
Edition: 1971 (Reprint)
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 1971
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/15/1972
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

George Steiner calls Lukacs "the one major critical talent to have emerged from the gray servitude of the Marxist world." This well-known writer on European literature combines a Marxist-Hegelian concern for the historical process with great artistic sensitivity. Lukacs joined the Hungarian Communist party in 1918, serving in its first government until the defeat of Bela Kun. He spent many years in exile, first in Berlin and then, from 1933 to 1945, in Moscow, writing and studying. He later became a professor of aesthetics in Budapest, but after the 1956 revolution he was stripped of influence because of his too-friendly attitude to non-Marxist literatures. Steiner has written: "A Communist by conviction, a dialectical materialist by virtue of his critical method, he has nevertheless kept his eyes resolutely on the past. Despite pressure from his Russian hosts, Lukacs gave only perfunctory notice to the much-heralded achievements of Soviet Realism. Instead, he dwelt on the great lineage of eighteenth and nineteenth century European poetry and fiction. The critical perspective is rigorously Marxist, but the choice of themes is central European and conservative." Lukacs has concentrated mainly on criticism of Russian, French, and German authors and often writes in German. Robert J. Clements has reported that Hungarian young people regard him as somewhat passe.

Translator's Note
Preface to the new edition (1967)
Preface
What is Orthodox Marxism?
The Marxism of Rosa Luxemburg
Class Consciousness
Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat
The Phenomenon of Reification
The Antinomies of Bourgeois Thought
The Standpoint of the Proletariat
The Changing Function of Historical Materialism
Legality and Illegality
Critical Observations on Rosa Luxemburg's "Critique of the Russian Revolution"
Towards a Methodology of the Problem of Organisation
Notes to the English Edition
Index

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