Category Archives: Lukacs

Living Distinctions over Atrophied Oppositions: Hegel as Critic of Reification.

By what hacks who write from the perspective of empty abstraction might call a simple twist of fate,  the second in the ongoing series of guest contribution to this blog comes from Eric-John Russell, who was on a panel with … Continue reading

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Question about Habermas and Reification.

I’ve not read The Theory of Communicative Action, but I know in other places Habermas falls prey to functionalism. Am I therefore right to suspect that part of his criticism of Lukacs’ theory of reification rests on his own functionalist … Continue reading

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Works In Progress.

Its hot in Seattle. Right now its 86/30 and its meant to get hotter this week. I’ll try not to let it deter me from the mountain of work I have to do. One of the faces of this precipice … Continue reading

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On the Circularity of Revising Reification.

I’ve noticed a peculiar strategy in the slew of recent articles that attempt to rehabilitate reification. Each article points out the problems and contradictions in Lukacs’ theory. They then go on to use an aspect of this theory for their … Continue reading

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Revising Reification: Notes on Feenberg

Andrew Feenberg’s ‘Revisiting Reification’ is one of the articles I alluded to in my previous post that attempts to save Lukacs’ theory of reification by abandoning any of its Marxian elements. In contrast to Honneth, Feenberg’s attempt to rescue the … Continue reading

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Revising Reification

There are a number of reasons for my recent lack of posts. One is logistical – I just moved from one continent to another. But another is that I have been working on getting several projects off the ground with … Continue reading

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Marx Contra Lukacs in 1861-63.

Here’s a passage that I think does a good job of highlighting why Lukacs conflation of objectification with the social character of things (commodities as imbued with value) is problematic missing the importance in Marx’s analysis of why and how … Continue reading

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Simmel and Lukacs

I came across the following passage in one of the texts to be discussed in today’s seminar. It supports Colletti,Elbe and others argument that much of Lukacs’ theory of reification is influenced by Simmel, particularly his opposition between quantity and … Continue reading

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Lukacs Chapter.

For your consideration I present my polished Lukacs chapter. Those who read the earlier version I posted will also notice much of it has been re-written. Its better than it was before because I finally got the distinction he makes … Continue reading

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Lukacs, Reification and Crisis.

Exemplary of the third generation of the Frankfurt School’s rejuvenation of reification is that it has not broached Lukacs’ discussion of crisis. (Now why would you want to criticize capitalism and make a stab being relevant when you can write … Continue reading

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