By Tom Rockmore
This can be the 1st specific examine, following the new cave in of political Marxism in jap Europe, of twentieth-century Hungarian thinker Georg Lukács and his place because the major proponent of the Marxist conception of cause. Lukács's heritage and sophistication awareness has been referred to as one of many 3 so much influential philosophical works of this century, and he, the phenomenal Marxist thinker. Marxism has lengthy suffered relative overlook in philosophical dialogue because of its personal invidious contrast among itself and the meant irrationality of what it regards as bourgeois philosophy.
Tom Rockmore bargains a uniquely unique philosophical research of Lukács's complete place as a thought of cause, in accordance with the excellence among cause and unreason, or irrationalism. the writer supplies certain emphasis to Lukács's connection to German neo-Kantianism, fairly Lask, and on his final, unfinished work.
Rockmore starts off with an account of the roots of Lukács's Marxism, by means of an in-depth research of his usually pointed out, yet nonetheless incompletely understood, seminal essay "Reification and the category awareness of the Proletariat." He then lines the evolution and later dying of the excellence among cause and irrationalism in Lukács's ultimate inspiration. the writer therefore makes on hand for the 1st time in English a strictly philosophical dialogue of Georg Lukács's Marxist part and brings attention of his suggestion into the broader philosophical discussion.
"This e-book can be an incredible contribution to the knowledge of Marxism now not as a political blueprint or only social concept yet as a contemporary strategy to deal with the deeply threatening cloud of Unreason in human affairs and in human knowing. Rockmore offers fascinating readings of the 2 peaks of Lukács's Marxist idea. this is often one of many few makes an attempt at an interpretation and an overview of Lukács after his flip to Marx after 1918. And it's noteworthy too for Rockmore's critical rejections of a lot of Lukács's writings inside his both transparent admiration for the man's intelligence, scholarship, and artistic philosophical insights."
—Robert S. Cohen, Professor of Physics and Philosophy, Boston college