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THE PHILOSOPHY OF PRAXIS: MARX, LUKACS AND THE FRANKFURT SCHOOL

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By ANDREW FEENBERG

The origins of “Western Marxism”

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1638-the-philosophy-of-praxis

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The early Marx called for the “realization of philosophy” through revolution. Revolution thus became a critical concept for Marxism, a view elaborated in the later praxis perspectives of Lukacs and the Frankfurt School. These thinkers argue that fundamental philosophical problems are, in reality, social problems abstractly conceived.

Originally published as Lukacs, Marx and the Sources of Critical Theory, THE PHILOSOPHY OF PRAXIS traces the evolution of this argument in the writings of Marx, Lukacs, Adorno and Marcuse. This reinterpretation of the philosophy of praxis shows its continuing relevance to contemporary discussions in Marxist political theory, continental philosophy and science and technology studies.

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ANDREW FEENBERG is the author of Critical Theory of Technology (1991), Alternative Modernity (1995), Questioning Technology (1999), Transforming Technology (2002), Heidegger and Marcuse: The Catastrophe and Redemption of History (2005), and Between Reason and Experience: Essays in Technology and Modernity (2010).

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“Feenberg’s subtle and wide-ranging study of Lukacs’ History and Class Consciousness reaches forward to Marcuse and the Frankfurt School and backwards into Marx’s 1844 manuscripts. The book offers a whole new framework in which to grasp the history of Marxist theory, at the same time restoring Marcuse’s centrality in it.” – Fredric Jameson

“A model of lucid and sophisticated intellectual history.” – Martin Jay

“A most fascinating and significant book.” – Theory and Society

“A vigorous and thoughtful reassessment of both Lukacs and the Western Marxist tradition … of great interest to anyone interested in critical theory or continental philosophy.” – Robert Pippin

“Feenberg achieves his goal of demonstrating the relevance of seemingly dusty and abstract philosophical conundrums not only to contemporary social theory but to politics as well.” – The American Political Science Review

“Feenberg’s sensitive and intelligent treatment of a complex constellation of interrelated problems in Marxist studies should commend his book to a wide audience of interested scholars.” – Man and World

“Poses the central problem of history in such a way that every reader can identify its elements…. The author knows the subject thoroughly, and illuminates many points in the texts of his main authors, as well as in those of such subsidiary figures as Marcuse and Habermas.” – The Review of Metaphysics

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Globalization

SEEING GLOBAL: HISTORY IN A COMMUNIST MODE

Seeing Global: History in a Communist Mode
A talk by Susan Buck-Morss, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center

Discussant: Peter Hitchcock, Associate Director, the Center for Place, Culture and Politics

April 28, 2011 from 6.30 – 8.30
Recital Hall
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th street

Free and open to the public

In the early 1920s, Lukács lamented the fact that modern society had lost every image of the whole. Influenced by Hegel, he believed that the “totality” could only be seen from a historical perspective, grasped as a sequence of stages that led from feudalism to capitalism and beyond. “Seeing Global” proposes an alternative, one that requires a re-appropriation of the cultural heritage.

The disrupting forces of the present put pressure on the past, scattering pieces of it forward into unanticipated locations. No one owns these pieces. To think so is to allow categories of private property to intrude into a commonly shared terrain wherein the laws of exclusionary inheritance do not apply. A global transformation in collective imagination calls for history in a communist mode. The talk will provide exemplary cases of a communist inheritance of the past.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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Marxism and Art

THE QUESTION OF CLASS: AN ONGOING CHALLENGE TO ART HISTORY

A Conference in Honour of Andrew Hemingway

Saturday 19 June 2010
Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre
University College London

Organisers: Warren Carter and Frederic J. Schwartz

10.00 Introduction

Fred Schwartz (University College London)

10.15 Landscape/Class/Ideology
Chair: Tom Gretton (University College London)

Alan Wallach (College of William & Mary)
“Toward a Social History of Mid-Nineteenth Century American Landscape Painting”

Alex Potts (University of Michigan)
“The Shifting Terrain of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Art Histories”

12.15 Lunch

13.15 Marxism & Modernism
Chair: Warren Carter (University College London)

Gail Day (University of Leeds)
“Realism, Totality, and the Militant Citoyen: Or, What Has Lukacs To Do With Contemporary Art?”

Respondents:
Esther Leslie (Birkbeck, University of London)
Michael Corris (Sheffield Hallam University)
Jody Patterson (Ecole Normale Supérieure)
Barnaby Haran (University College London)

15.15 Tea

15.15 Marxist Historiography & Art History
Chair: Matthew Beaumont (University College London)

Steve Edwards (Open University)
“Forms of History”

Respondents:
Caroline Arscott (Courtauld Institute)
John Roberts (University of Wolverhampton)
Fred Schwartz (University College London)
Fred Orton (University of Leeds)

17.45 Valediction

Pete Smith (Thames Valley University)

18.00 Closing Remarks

Tamar Garb (University College London)

Admission is free and all are welcome, but spaces must be reserved.
Please contact Warren Carter (w.carter@ucl.ac.uk) by Wednesday 9 June.

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Georg Lukacs

LUKACS, REIFICATION AND CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE PROLETARIAT

Marx and Philosophy Society

Symposium on Georg Lukács’s ‘Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat’

2-6pm, Saturday February 6, 2010, at the London Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street, London WC1

Speakers:

Gordon Finlayson
Tim Hall
Michalis Skomvoulis

Gordon Finlayson is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex and is the author of many books and articles on the Frankfurt School.

Tim Hall is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of East London. His article ‘Reification, Materialism & Praxis: Adorno’s critique of Lukács’ is forthcoming in Telos (2010) and he is the co-editor of The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence: New Essays on the Social, Political and Aesthetic Theory of Georg Lukács (New York, Continuum: 2010).

Michalis Skomvoulis is a PhD student at the University of Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne and has written extensively on Lukacs.

The English translation of Lukács’s essay is available at: http://www.marxists.org/archive/lukacs/works/history/index.htm

Attendance is free and open to all. To register e-mail Meade McCloughan: m.mccloughan@ucl.ac.uk

Directions and map: http://tinyurl.com/ywmsvc  

Tube stations: Holborn and Russell Square

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Labor and the Logic of Abstraction: An Interview with Moishe Postone

 

In this interview with Timothy Brennan, Moishe Postone, author of Time, Labor, and Social Domination, discusses the Marxian critical theory of capitalism against the background of the author’s intellectual biography and central historical developments of recent decades. The interview focuses on his reinterpretation of Karl Marx’s critical theory, especially on the notion of the historical specificity of the categories that purportedly grasp capitalism and its historical dynamic. It also engages the author’s understandings of Georg Lukács, the Frankfurt School, and poststructuralism, while addressing issues of capitalism’s historical transformations, its possible abolition, and the reconstitution of progressive politics. 

From South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol.108 No.2, pp.305-330 (2009), at:

http://platypus1917.home.comcast.net/~platypus1917/postone_brennan_saq2009.pdf

 

 

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