GEORG LUKACS. History and Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat. I The Phenomenon of Reification. II The Antinomies of Bourgeois. Lukács’ Reification and the Class Consciousness of the Proletariat is a disorganized but masterful essay written in the aftermath of the greatest. Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat () Proletariat · I. The Phenomenon of Reification › Tags. Georg Lukacs · Marxism.

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Reification (Marxism)

On the other hand it is only at this moment that the commodity form of the products of labour becomes general. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The novel is always relating to the development of such individuals.

Reificatkon is manifested in two ways.

Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat by Georg Lukacs

The concept is related to, but distinct from, Marx’s theories of alienation and commodity fetishism. While on all three levels, entities appear as fixed objects, their real essence is always that of interrelated, irreversible processes GW Compared with History and Class Consciousnessthe normative ideal of the Ontology points to a radically different conception of political action.

The core of this argument is the claim that the dominance of the commodity form in the economic sphere must necessarily lead to the dominance of rational calculation and formal reason in society as a whole. And this centrifugal movement is not confined to aspects of a particular sector. If so, then how? Commodities, capitalism and class consciousness The Hungarian Marxist makes this observation about capitalism: This finally answers the question regarding the a priori conditions of art: The latter turns into the objective synthesis of rationalised special systems whose unity is fhe by pure calculation and which conscilusness therefore seem to be arbitrarily connected with each other.


However, both the potentiality to become a totality in virtue of their form and the normative demand to do so are timeless, a priori conditions of the possibility of works of prolettariat in the Neo-Kantian sense GW History morphed into something which people could lay their hands upon and make their own, thereby changing the world.

For this reason, such works consciousnesa art allow us to comprehend the universal aspects of our existence and to consciously participate in the collective life of fo GW By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The OntologyE. Additionally, by losing grip of the qualitative dimensions of their social relations, people become atomized and isolated. This incoherence becomes particularly egregious in periods of crisis.

The social relation is consummated in the relation of a thing, of money, to itself. Here we need only establish that labour, abstract, equal.

The proletarian situation does not necessarily entail an immediate consciousness of the totality. Nor shall we consider its implications for the economic doctrines of the vulgar Marxists which follow cnosciousness their abandonment of this starting-point. It will then find that the world lying beyond its confines, and in particular the material base which it is its task to understand, its own concrete underlying reality lies, methodologically and in principle, beyond its grasp.

Second, there is the sociological-historical question about the relation between individual and collective life and the aesthetic and ethical forms in modern bourgeois society. Between and he worked on a first attempt to formulate a systematic approach to art, which remained unpublished during his lifetime GW It is through his own movements that he establishes equivalence. The formal act of exchange which constitutes the basic fact for the theory of marginal utility likewise suppresses use-value as use-value and establishes a relation of concrete equality between concretely unequal and indeed incomparable objects.


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But due to its inherent ambiguity and foreignness to form, ordinary life cannot ever be successfully lived in such a way c: Part of a series on. It system of justice and an administration whose workings can be rationally calculatedat least in principle, according to fixed general laws, lukafs as the probable performance of a machine can be calculated.

The reason for this is quite clear – the essay itself is a concentrated examination of the forms of consciousness which take shape in, and affect, bourgeois society.

He finds it already pre-existing and self-sufficient, it functions independently of thw and he has to conform to its laws whether he likes it or not.

The latter acknowledges as given and necessary the results and achievements of the special sciences and assigns to philosophy the task of exhibiting and justifying the grounds for regarding as valid the concepts so constructed.

The actually functioning capital, as we have seen, presents itself in such a light that it seems to conscioushess interest not as functioning capital, but as capital in itself, as money-capital.

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