1. The Marxism of Rosa Luxemburg. Class Consciousness. Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat. I The Phenomenon of Reification. Georg Lukács made a large contribution to Marxist theory, but especially significant are the series of essays he wrote under the title History and. Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat () Proletariat · I. The Phenomenon of Reification › Tags. Georg Lukacs · Marxism.

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Of course, this isolation and fragmentation is only apparent. A conscious, totalizing principle is almost always absent war time economies are sometimes exceptions. Weber, Standort der Industrien, espe cially p. Part of a series on Marxism Theoretical works.

Thus a multitude of different aspects of socio-cultural forms from bureaucracy to journalism are shown to be analogous with his conception of the commodity structure. That is to say, it depends on the degree to which the contemplative stance is repudiated. Rhe, he had endorsed an optimism concerning the capacity of the proletariat to constitute such a totality in society through a revolutionary overcoming of reification; later geotg, this optimism was modified to encompass the ever increasing human capacities to become self-conscious of their universal character through a reflection of the existing social totality in the totality of the work of art.

Overcoming the limits of contradictory consciousness But is it possible for human beings to overcome this narrowness, to transcend immediacy?

Reification (Marxism)

If no translation is available, Gesammelte Werke are cited. But his reirication has been widely described as idealist, as over-playing the role of consciousness in the development of class struggle. If so, then how? It is this that creates impasse. In the remaining cases, the original publication is cited. Nevertheless, the cohesion of these laws is purely formal: Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative.


The party orthodoxy, however, was not quite so enamored.

Merlin Press, ; Transcribed: This unity expressed itself in the fact that the problems of consciousness arising from wage-labour were repeated in the ruling class in a refined and spiritualised, but, for that very reason, more intensified form. It is not enough merely to establish an external link with independent processes concerned with the production of exchange values. He rounds off this account – very pertinently – with an analysis of the cause and the social implications of this phenomenon:.

Socialism portal Communism portal Karl Marx portal Philosophy portal. When it comes into contact with other factories, that which brings them together is nothing more than arbitrariness.

The source of crises whose existence cannot be denied is then found to lie in incongruities between the various elements of production, i.

Philosophy can attempt to assemble the whole of knowledge encyclopaedically see Wundt. The formal standardisation of justice, the state, the reificaiton service, etc. He admits, however, that the notion of totality as the product of a collective subject, as he developed it inneeded to be modified in order to remedy these problems. They overlook the fact that there are qualitative conditions attached to these quantitative relations, that it is not merely a question of units of value which can easily be compared with each other but also anx of a definite kind which must fulfil a definite function in production and consumption.


Philosophy Economic determinism Historical materialism Marx’s method Philosophy of nature. University of North Carolina Press. In the process we witness, illuminatingly, how here, too, the contemplative nature of man under capitalism makes its appearance.

Thus the universality of the commodity form is responsible both objectively and subjectively for the abstraction of the human labour incorporated in commodities. If a rational calculation is to be possible the commodity owner must be in possession of the laws regulating every detail of his production.

Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat by Georg Lukacs

It is at the same time the product of the capitalist division of labour. A widely criticized example of his writing of this time is The Destruction of Reasonpublished in Additionally, by losing grip of the qualitative dimensions of their social relations, people become atomized and isolated.

This phenomenon can be seen at its most grotesque in journalism. While in these other spheres of validity, objective norms and subjective attitudes are fully separable, the autonomy of experience legislates a normative standard that involves a specific relationship between subjective experience and geogr norm.

Weber and Gottl among others – although for the most part they are not seen in reiffication with the problem of reification.