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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Objectively a world of objects and relations between things springs into being the world of commodities and their movements on the market.

Thus the subject of the exchange is just as abstract, formal and reified as its object. Inhe also traveled to Paris to engage in a debate about existentialism and Marxism with Sartre. In regard to the relation between form and life, we can distinguish between forms that are forms of life itself, produced by that life, and abstract forms which are imposed onto life from the outside.

Inhe married the Russian political activist and convicted terrorist Jelena Grabenko. The OntologyE. 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.

Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariatin, Kearney, R.

It is at the same time the product of the capitalist division of labour. The effect that this has upon a single life is beautifully described by John Reed when he records the following in the days after the October revolution: But we cannot discuss this further here. We tthe concerned above all with the principle at work here: In the course of this movement, the sources of meaning became increasingly more external to immediate life.

Prolefariat commodity character of the commodity, the abstract, quantitative mode of calculability shows itself here in its purest form: This reaction is not only one of passive acknowledgment; it also actively transforms the subject by facilitating a consciousness of that very universal nature. A philological study from the standpoint of historical materialism could profitably begin here. And, likewise, the power relations in a business are also of the same kind.

It is obviously not possible here to give an analysis of the whole economic structure of capitalism. He worked and participated in intellectual circles in Budapest, Berlin where he was influenced by Georg SimmelFlorence and Heidelberg.


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Hence the consciousness of the true nature of a social system based on the sale of commodities is for the proletariat at the same time a consciousness of self. On a psychological level there are many people to whom real change seems incomprehensible and also, therefore, frightening.

The social relation is consummated in the relation of a thing, of money, to itself. The distinction between a society where this form is dominant, permeating every expression of life, and a society where it only makes an episodic appearance is essentially one of quality. However, the inevitable desire to communicate meaning drives people to adopt different means of communication that, even though inadequate for expressing the reality of experience, enable persons to overcome their separateness by relating to each other in terms of other spheres of reality for example, the sphere lykacs logical cconsciousness.

There are others who embrace immediacy and exalt their own ignorance. In the Ontologyit is not the self-realization of the collective subject-object in history that is the defining moment of revolutionary politics, but rather the gradual realization of the universal nature of humans in their interaction with society and nature. The commodity form exerts its influence more broadly.

He was overseer to the whole process and the completed article was the conscious end of his endeavours. 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.

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Georg [György] Lukács

This pudding, however, is the pukacs of the proletariat into a class: Humanities Press,pp. History and Class Consciousness 3. The result of this analysis is a conception of the work of art as an ideal of homogeneous unity of form and material.

Of course there are scientists who reject God, or do not even try to grasp the ontological problems of our age.

Reification (Marxism)

But this is an illusion…. For that very reason the reified mind has come ptoletariat regard them as the true representatives of his societal existence.


That is to say, the problem of commodities must not be considered in isolation or even regarded as the central problem in economics, but as the central, structural problem of capitalist society in all its aspects.

Lukas never once loses sight of this. And this centrifugal movement is not confined to aspects of a particular sector. This results in an inhuman, standardised division of labour analogous to that which we have found in industry on the technological and mechanical plane. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. In contrast to magic which does not separate reflection and objective causation, mimesis in art is consciously taken as a reflection and evokes the aesthetic effect in its audience specifically in virtue of this feature GW The essence of commodity-structure has often been pointed out.

The unity of a product as a commodity no longer coincides with its unity as a use-value: After the subsequent Soviet invasion, he was arrested and imprisoned in Romania. Philosophy can attempt to assemble the whole of knowledge encyclopaedically see Wundt.

It has already been pointed out that the division of labour disrupts every organically unified process of work and life and breaks it down into its components. For these modern businesses with their fixed capital and their exact calculations are much too sensitive to legal and administrative irrationalities.

The actually functioning capital, as we have seen, presents itself in such a light that it seems to yield interest not as functioning capital, but as capital in itself, as money-capital. His writings on Hegel, most prominently The Young Hegel and the relevant sections in the Ontology of Social Beingcan be read as a defense of this commitment.

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Class consciousness is the mediation through which the actions of the proletariat can be self determined and therefore free. Tailism and the DialecticsS. For depending on which is the case, all the consciousnss phenomena in the societies concerned are objectified in qualitatively different ways.