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By Henri; tr. by Norbert Guterman Lefebvre

ISBN-10: 0804152896

ISBN-13: 9780804152891

The the most important value of Karl Marx's proposal for his personal time and for ours is past dispute, however the there have constantly been significant impediments to figuring out: first, the intended complexity with which Marx articulated his principles; moment, the accretions which commentators, disciples, and hagiographers have equipped into the unique constitution. Henri Lefebrve, who has held the chair in sociology at Read more...

summary: The an important value of Karl Marx's suggestion for his personal time and for ours is past dispute, however the there have consistently been huge impediments to knowing: first, the intended complexity with which Marx articulated his rules; moment, the accretions which commentators, disciples, and hagiographers have outfitted into the unique constitution. Henri Lefebrve, who has held the chair in sociology at Strasbourg and because 1965 in Paris, has written an interpretative advent which restores the readability of define and the power of the unique. Lefebrvre additionally demonstrates via plentiful citation that Marx, faraway from being the tortuous and intractable stylist we had imagined, is a masterful and witty author. yet past this, the reader is gifted with a thesis. Lefebvre argues that Marx used to be now not a sociologist, no longer an economist, no longer but an historian or a thinker. however, you will see that in his writings a sociology, a political economic system, a idea of heritage, and important intimations of a philosophy. the reason of this obvious paradox lies within the proven fact that Marx was once writing in a interval ahead of the compartmentalizing of technology, whilst the character of items may well nonetheless be grasped as an entire. hence, via Marx, we will be able to receive a coherent photo of truth because it used to be on the inception of the trendy age. An figuring out of Marx is critical for an figuring out of our time. This publication is indispensible not just as a advisor to Marx, yet for its sight into modern difficulties

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The sociology of Marx

The an important value of Karl Marx's concept for his personal time and for ours is past dispute, however the there have constantly been enormous impediments to knowing: first, the meant complexity with which Marx articulated his principles; moment, the accretions which commentators, disciples, and hagiographers have equipped into the unique constitution.

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Consequently, to go beyond philosophy means to bring this project to realization, and at the same time to put an end to philosophical alienation. ), philosophy is brought down to earth, becomes “worldly,” sheds its philosophical form. It realizes itself in the world, it becomes the world’s actual doing and making. Going beyond politics implies the withering away of the state and the transfer of its functions, also of the rationality it monopolizes (on which it superimposes its own interests, those of the government and the bureaucracy), to organized social relationships.

All these tendencies are to be discerned in the contemporary Marxist movement higgledy-piggledy, without elucidation of the hypotheses or their implications. Actually, for all practical purposes, official Marxism takes an empiricist, positivist attitude, under cover of a philosophical phraseology. Its full confidence goes to the sciences and technologies (the natural or physical sciences rather than the historical and social sciences). In this way, under cover of an ideologized Marxism, it comes close to endorsing a technocratic praxis.

To define the purpose of this book more closely, we shall begin by recalling Marx’s conception of the dialectical movement of reality and truth. Our conclusions will come back to this point of departure. In between we will analyze the hypotheses involved in greater detail and develop a number of themes: a. The “truth of religion”—what religion really is—is discovered in philosophy. This means that philosophy contributes a radical criticism of religion, that it lays bare the essence of religion, namely, the initial and fundamental alienation of the human creature, root of all alienation, and that it can demonstrate how this alienation came about.

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