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Political Philosophy and Public Purpose

Lukács’s Phenomenology of Capitalism

Reification Revalued

Authors: Westerman, Richard

  • Offers one of the first full-scale accounts of Lukács’s Heidelberg Aesthetics in English.
  • Reveals the links between Lukács’s account of society and his philosophy of art.
  • Applies Lukács’s thought beyond the paradigm of class conflict, showing what it implies for analysis of human domination of nature, and the notion of rationality as such.
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About this book

This book offers a radical new interpretation of Georg Lukács’s History and Class Consciousness, showing for the first time how the philosophical framework for his analysis of society was laid in the drafts of a philosophy of art that he planned but never completed before he converted to Marxism. Reading Lukács’s work through the so-called “Heidelberg Aesthetics” reveals for the first time a range of unsuspected influences on his thought, such as Edmund Husserl, Emil Lask, and Alois Riegl; it also offers a theory of subjectivity within social relations that avoids many of the problems of earlier readings of his text. At a time when Lukács’s reputation is once more on the rise, this bold new reading helps revitalize his thought in ways that help it speak to contemporary concerns.

About the authors

Richard Westerman is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. He completed his PhD at Cambridge, before a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago. His work is primarily on Lukács and the Frankfurt School, and he has also published on philosophical aesthetics. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Lukács Debate

    Westerman, Richard

    Pages 1-30

  • Reality and Representation in Art

    Westerman, Richard

    Pages 33-82

  • The History of History and Class Consciousness

    Westerman, Richard

    Pages 83-111

  • The Forms of Social Reality

    Westerman, Richard

    Pages 115-151

  • The Interpellation of the Subject

    Westerman, Richard

    Pages 153-199

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93287-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93286-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lukács’s Phenomenology of Capitalism
Book Subtitle
Reification Revalued
Authors
Series Title
Political Philosophy and Public Purpose
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93287-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93287-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93286-6
Series ISSN
2524-714X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 308
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