Lukács After Communism: Interviews with Contemporary Intellectuals (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

Lukács After Communism: Interviews with Contemporary Intellectuals (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

Eva L. Corredor

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 082231763X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Since the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the validity of Marxism and Marxist theory has undergone intense scrutiny both within and outside the academy. In Lukács After Communism, Eva L. Corredor conducts ten lively and engaging interviews with a diverse group of international scholars to address the continued relevance of György Lukács’s theories to the post-communist era. Corredor challenges these theoreticians, who each have been influenced by the man once considered the foremost theoretician of Marxist aesthetics, to reconsider the Lukácsean legacy and to speculate on Marxist theory’s prospects in the coming decades.
The scholars featured in this collection—Etienne Balibar, Peter Bürger, Terry Eagleton, Fredric Jameson, Jacques Leenhardt, Michael Löwy, Roberto Schwarz, George Steiner, Susan Suleiman, and Cornel West—discuss a broad array of literary and political topics and present provocative views on gender, race, and economic relations. Corredor’s introduction provides a biographical synopsis of Lukács and discusses a number of his most important theoretical concepts. Maintaining the ongoing vitality of Lukács’s work, these interviews yield insights into Lukács as a philosopher and theorist, while offering anecdotes that capture him in his role as a teacher-mentor.

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modernizing itself, particularly since France continued to wage colonial wars. As a consequence, France had to reinvest in an obsolete industrial apparatus owned by a ruling class that was both showing its age and was used to the captive market of the colonies. It is against this aging and this traditionalism that the new generations revolt, at a time when the colonial wars are over and when France has entered a period of rapid economic growth. It is within this context that something like an

forms of expression of an antibourgeois sentiment. The surrealists certainly do not engage in a formal search, a teleological journey to a final utopian place somewhere out there. The comparison is meant to be merely on the level of reaction to bourgeois society, the impulse to turn away from it. PB It is important to specify: the activities of the surrealists are totally different from what art has been in bourgeois society, where a certain idea of the great work of art, its producer (the

realized and actualized. I am suspicious of the latter in trying to promote or preserve a form. ELC You like process, praxis, and continuation. I have written down at least ten notions that you reject. Here are a few: rational necessity, universal obligation, philosophical certainty, eternal truth. How can you reconcile this with your prophetic approach? CW That’s right. It is a peculiar, peculiar kind of prophetic, because my conception of the prophetic is not one in which one speaks from on

society. To Lukács, this was absolutely necessary in order to generalize the elements provided by Marx and apply the same kind of critical discourse, not only to theoretical relationships between the buyer and seller of goods, but also to the cultural sphere, the epistemological sphere, in order to give an explanation of a complete totality. That is why it made such an impression on Heidegger and had such an effect on his concept of “being in the world” and the lived experience of the bourgeois

pressures, then the way was open for at least a more open-minded approach to Lukács. ELC I have not noticed this in your own work too much yet. On the contrary, what seems to prompt people to put you closer to Althusser rather than, for instance, to Lukács, is your anti-Hegelianism, your antihistoricism and the nonhumanistic approach to interpretation. TE Yes, although as far as antihistoricism goes, I derived my suspicion of historicism at least as much from Walter Benjamin as I did from

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