Lukács, in his central text of History and Class Consciousness, and its central essay “Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat,” in particular, points . This book reads Georg Lukács’s History and Class Consciousness through the drafts of his unfinished philosophy of art (the so-called “Heidelberg Aesthetics”). Keywords: Lukács; Heidegger; Authenticity; Reification; Ontology. 1. Lukács on reification and Marxian alienation. Engels invented classical Marxism in Ludwig.

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In consequence of the rationalisation of the work-process the human qualities and idiosyncrasies of the worker appear increasingly as mere sources of error when contrasted with these abstract special laws functioning according to rational predictions. This reaction is not only one of passive acknowledgment; it also actively transforms the subject by facilitating a consciousness of that very universal nature.

It must be emphasised that this inability to penetrate to the real material substratum of science is not the fault of individuals. His diagnostic discourses on time are sketches whose elements and dimensions were to be elaborated on and increasingly filled with concrete content i. After all, he considers his present as kairosas a potential moment of transformation from the barbaric epoch of reification to the potential domain of autonomy, of a more than formal freedom.

Is this not a vicious circle? It is obviously not possible here to give an analysis of the whole economic structure of capitalism.

Reification (Marxism) – Wikipedia

Max Weber, for instance, gives this description of the basic lines of this development: Sources are listed by original publication date. Competition between the different owners of commodities would not be feasible if there were an exact, rational, systematic mode of functioning for the whole of society to correspond to the rationality of isolated phenomena. As in insurance schemes, etc.

The ground and the earth have nothing to do with ground-rent, machines have nothing to do with profit. Its focus shifts from the specific consequences of capitalism toward the more general problems of the domination of nature and the structure of modern experience, presumed to be the source of the failure of the revolution. It is a process which affects four dimensions of social relations: Before tackling the problem itself we must be quite clear in our minds that commodity fetishism is a specific problem of our age, the age of modern capitalism.

This rational objectification conceals above all the immediate – qualitative and material – character of things as things. The divorce of the phenomena of reification from their economic bases and from the vantage point from which alone they can be understood, is facilitated by the fact that the [capitalist] process of transformation must embrace every manifestation of the life of society if the preconditions for the complete self-realisation of capitalist production are to be fulfilled.


There is no need to spell out the fact that for us these are both reificatkon aspects of the same dialectical unity. The conclusion of this line of lukasc seems to point towards an insoluble dilemma. By romanticism is usually meant that trend in modern culture that exalts subjectivity against objectivity, life against rationality, concreteness against abstraction, traditional values against capitalist mercantilism.

The abstract individual subject of pure knowledge transcends nature and need. How reificaiton cite this entry. In his reflections on the international debate that his essay has triggered, he steps back even further cf.

Not the least important dimension reifixation these philosophers of praxis is the contribution they make to defining the luacs outlines of such a culture. Only then does it become a category of society influencing decisively the objective form of things and people in the society thus emerging, their relation to nature and the possible relations of men to each other. While we may currently enjoy the status of a legal subject in working life, 49 we are far removed from living autonomous subjectivity in the context of work.

But also it would be essential really to penetrate the nature of a legal system which serves purely as a means of calculating the effects of actions and of rationally imposing modes of action relevant to lhkacs particular class. Of course, this produces an uninterrupted series of conflicts between the unceasingly revolutionary forces of the capitalist economy and the rigid legal system.

But due to its inherent ambiguity and reificatiln to form, ordinary life cannot ever be successfully lived in such a way c: For that very reason the reified mind has come to regard them as the true representatives of his societal existence. Kiernan, Ralph Miliband Cambridge, Massachusetts: Eventually, he was summoned by the Soviet party leadership to Moscow where he stayed from on, leaving only for Comintern missions in Berlin and for Tashkent during the war.

And once those conditions have reifucation identified, the hypothetical construction of their revolutionary transformation rebounds back on the philosophical concepts and shows how their contradictions can be resolved.

Marx lays great stress on the essentially episodic appearance of the commodity form in primitive societies: The Frankfurt philosopher begins by clarifying that the notion of reification is part of the incompletely processed intellectual legacy of Critical Theory. In Germany and Hungary, party intellectuals such as Hermann Duncker and Laszlo Rudas disapproved of the book because of its idealist tendencies, culminating in its condemnation by Grigory Zinoviev in his opening address to the June World Congress of the Third International Arato and Breines Science is thereby debarred from comprehending the development and the demise, the social character of its own material base, no less than the range of possible attitudes towards it and the nature of its own formal system.


Consider further, for example, the lack of articulation and inability to communicate between representatives of different scientific disciplines, who can no longer find a shared language—with disastrous consequences for a comprehensive, integrated view of reality, and the emancipatory value of their research. Humans continue to be habitually treated in everyday life not as persons but as objects, i.

Lukacs’ theory of reification and contemporary social movements – Andrew Feenberg

They seized on his concept of reification that, in combination with other sources, became the basis of their critique of positivism and their dialectical reformulation of Marxist theory. All three levels are distinguished by a division between the genuine essence of entities and their appearance. The individual can use his knowledge of lukafs laws to his own advantage, but he is not able to modify the process by his own activity.

But such a transcendence is unthinkable for a social group. It is a truly ambitious project waiting to be undertaken. Marx often describes this potentiation of reification in incisive fashion. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

As the commodity becomes universally dominant, this situation changes radically and qualitatively.

English translations are cited where available. This ontology is intended, at least outwardly, to be a faithful interpretation of the ontological implications of Marxism. The social lu,acs of reality: However, this is only the case if the essential properties of its elements are intelligible in terms of their relations to other particulars of life.

Lukacs’ Theory of Reification

But that critique is by eeification means irrationalist; rather, it aims at the establishment of a dialectical paradigm of rationality suited to the task of social self-understanding and human liberation. There is little doubt that after the break their judgment on their early work was too harsh, that it contains more of value and had more impact on the later work than the authors were willing to admit.

Thus, the contrast between everyday life and art is not one between experience and validity but between the heterogeneity of everyday life and the homogeneous form appropriate to the autonomy of experience GW This consciousness remains only an objective possibility, always threatened by the seductions of the immediate consciousness.