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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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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 Translation Error.

I spent too much time today panicing and trying to wrap my head around the following paragraph from the Reification essay:  man has become the measure of all (societal) things. The conceptual and historical foundation for this has been laid … Continue reading

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Tweeking with Lukacs

Sorry to say this yet another post about my thesis and not an anecdote about Lukacs and I out on a meth bender.  As I near the process of completion I’ve come to realize these posts have helped me formulate … Continue reading

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Notes on Honneth’s interpretaton of Reification.

I re-read the beginning of Axel Honneth’s reinterpretation of Reification today. I plan on using him on Postone to show what holes my grand ol’ rejuventation of fetishism and social domination can fill. What follows are some notes: 1) Honneth … Continue reading

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Thesis Spiel, or Lukacs and mystified domination.

I read through my first draft of the whole damn thing today. I’m happy to say it was better than I thought. I was smart enough to design it in terms of individual chapters with a summary conclusion at the … Continue reading

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Lukacs Chapter.

Those interested in reading my chapter on Lukacs can do so here lukacsblogdraft. Keep in mind it hasn’t been copy edited. (someink you probably realized me need todo) I also need to further integrate my criticism of Postone. But for … Continue reading

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