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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There arises a rational systematisation of all statutes regulating life, which represents, or at least tends towards a closed system applicable to all possible and imaginable cases. Class consciousness is the mediation through which the actions of the proletariat can be self determined and therefore free. But it is not enough to raise this standpoint in consciousness alone.

This dualism between subject and object—and in ethics, between norms and facts—haunts modern philosophy. The works of this period reflect both his allegiance to orthodox Soviet Marxism and his uneasiness with the Stalinist post-war situation.

On the one hand, the objectification of their labour-power into something opposed to their total personality a process already accomplished with the sale of that labour-power as a commodity is now made into the permanent ineluctable reality of their daily life.

It determines standard of living. Like science and ethics, art breaks with the immediacy of our everyday practical engagements that dominates the more common forms of reflection GW It is limited, however, by its own formalism.

Notify me of new comments via email. This ontology of pure processuality finally entails a normative conception of society that is critical towards all forms of institutional rationalization which are rejected as reivication of alienation across the reificattion.

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 Only in this context can the problem of modern bureaucracy be properly understood. In Marxismreification German: Between and he worked on a first attempt to formulate a systematic approach to art, which remained unpublished during his lifetime GW It must be emphasised that this inability to penetrate to the real material substratum of science is not the fault of individuals.


Reification (Marxism)

consciousenss This entails that the basic form of all being is temporality and historicity GW This is profoundly important because it shows just how the bourgeoisie is bound to the most immediate and quantifiable forms of thought by its objective class position. The commodity character of the commodity, the abstract, quantitative mode of calculability shows itself here in its purest form: Furthermore, such a law must not merely impose itself despite the wishes of individuals, it may not even be fully and adequately knowable.

As the division of labour becomes more pronounced and lukaacs rational, this tendency naturally increases in proportion. To achieve that it would be necessary – as we emphasised above – for the commodity structure to penetrate society in all its aspects and to reifixation it in its own image.

Georg [György] Lukács

To someone unable to penetrate the heart of this work – its methodological depth – it will appear to be idealist precisely because of its subject matter consciousness. These are no more than random instances. Alfred Sohn-Rethel An online resource.

This text became an important reference point both for critical social theory and for many currents of countercultural thought. They could only come into being in the bureaucratic state with its rational laws where And this development of the commodity to the point where it becomes the dominant form in society did not take place lukacz the advent of modern capitalism.


Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat by Georg Lukacs

It has often been pointed consciiousness these pages and elsewhere-that the problem that forms the ultimate barrier to the economic thought of the bourgeoisie is the crisis. Commodity fetishism is a specific form of reification. Commodity exchange an the corresponding subjective and objective commodity relations existed, as we know, when society was still very primitive. This is manifested in two ways.

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The overcoming of alienation thus always demands—along with connsciousness changes—subjective transformation, i. Luchterhand cited as GW.

The movement of commodities on the market, the birth of their value, in a word, the real framework of every rational calculation is not merely subject to strict laws but also presupposes the strict ordering of all that happens.

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How to cite this entry. They now appear, on the one hand, as abstract members of a species identical by definition with its other members and, on the other hand, as isolated objects the possession or non-possession of which depends on rational calculations. This consequence follows with such inevitability that Tugan-Baranovsky, for example, attempts in his theory to draw. In what follows Lukacs uses his initial definition of the commodity structure to deploy his two conceptions of reification and demonstrate how the commodity has remolded all of society in its image.

A conscious, totalizing principle is almost always absent war time economies are sometimes exceptions. But we cannot discuss this further here.

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