Category Archives: Lefebvre

Lefebvre on Capital and Concrete Abstraction.

Polishing my Lefebvre chapter. Don’t recall if I posted these passages where he discusses Capital– In Capital (1867) Marx worked out his conception of the dialectic still more thoroughly. The categories are abstract, inasmuch as they are elements obtained by … Continue reading

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Lefebvre Chapter.

Good enough done with my Lefebvre chapter to go back re-focus and polish the chapters leading up to it. Those interested can download it lefebvrerewriteII. Comments appreciated. Just to give some context. The chapter marks the end of my study … Continue reading

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Two Criticisms of Lefebvre.

1) Grouping nearly everything–well, everything really–under a stupid reductive dualistic opposition between quantity and quality. Yes he’s one of those people who transforms use-value and exchange-value into an opposition and generalizes the fuck out of it. (fuck those people) This … Continue reading

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Lefebvre jettisons the theory of alienation.

I like this one a whole lot. Someone should stick it on a memo and circulate it to the Post-analytic third generation normative theorists of The Frankfurt School: “At this level it becomes apparent just how necessary — and at … Continue reading

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Lefebvre on Concrete Abstraction and the Method of Capital.

Another day, another section on another book by Lefebvre containing another summary of Capital: The plan of Capital, as it has emerged from the many commentaries on and rereadings of the book (the most literal-minded of which seem, incidentally, to … Continue reading

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Lefebvre on Marx’s method in Capital.

Some more quotes  from Lefebvre on Marx’s method in Capital. Granted, he does use dialectical a bit too much without describing how and why they are dialectical, but still suggestive I reckon. (Betcha can’t tell I’m re-writing my section on … Continue reading

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Lefebvre on Social Determinism.

A nice lengthy quote from Lefebvre on his Hegelian-Marxist conception of social determinism, which has interesting parallels with Adorno’s theories of the preponderance of the object, natural history etc: The reality of a social object is comparable to that of … Continue reading

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Lefebvre on fetishism I.

Here’s a lengthy passage from Dialectical Materialism, which Lefebvre wrote in 1938. I think it demonstrates that two things: (1) he grasps how social labour is perverted into a autonomous and inverted fetish form (2) his generally baggy style and … Continue reading

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Lefebvre and real abstraction.

Beginning to rewrite my chapter on the role of Henri Lefebvre’s interpretation of fetishism in his theory of social domination. The Lefebvre chapter is the last chapter I need to rewrite. After that I need to write a conclusion and … Continue reading

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