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Posts tagged ‘Georg Lukács’

The contingency of cheese

On Fredric Jameson’s The Antinomies of Realism
by / RP 187 (Sept/Oct 2014) / Article

Fredric Jameson has been a busy man over the last decade. As well as two massive tomes on science fiction and modernism, combining republished essays with extensive new material, there has been a trilogy of books on Hegel and Marx which have sought to defend dialectical thinking from its discontents both internal and external to …


Politics in a Tragic Key

by / RP 180 (July/Aug 2013) / Article

In memory of Joel Olson (1967-2012)

In the quarter-century or so since the obscure disaster of the Soviet bloc’s collapse, two words have been pinned to that of ‘communism’ with liberal abandon: ‘tragedy’ and ‘transition’. Tragedy, to signify the magnitude of suffering, but not the greatness of the enterprise; the depth of the fall, …


Here comes the new

Deadwood and the historiography of capitalism
by / RP 180 (July/Aug 2013) / Article

We are swept up, are we not, by the large events and forces of our times?

A.W. Merrick, Deadwood, Season 3

Shown across three twelve-episode series that began in 2004, Deadwood is one of several recent television programmes to develop long, serially formatted narratives of a complexity and scale hitherto unusual in its medium. …


Capitalist Epics

Abstraction, totality and the theory of the novel
by / RP 163 (Sep/Oct 2010) / Article

In our recent highlight from RP163, David Cunningham examines the relationship between Lukács’ ‘The Theory of the Novel’ and his later Marxist works, and its asks how we are to read this work today.


Noir into history

James Ellroy’s Blood’s a Rover
by / RP 163 (Sep/Oct 2010) / Article

‘… history, the billiondollar speedup’ John Dos Passos, USA, 1938

Blood’s a Rover (2009) is the final volume of James Ellroy’s ‘Underworld USA’ trilogy, which includes American Tabloid (1995) and The Cold Six Thousand (2001).1 It is one of a recent glut of long, serially formatted works of crime–detective fiction, others …


The will of the people

Notes towards a dialectical voluntarism
by / RP 155 (May/Jun 2009) / Article

By ‘will of the people’ I mean a deliberate, emancipatory and inclusive process of collective self-determination. Like any kind of will, its exercise is voluntary and autonomous, a matter of practical freedom; like any form of collective action, it involves assembly and organization. Recent examples of the sort of popular will that I have in …


Kostas Axelos

Mondialisation without the world
by and / RP 130 (Mar/Apr 2005) / Interview


110 Reviews

by , , , , , , and / RP 110 (Nov/Dec 2001) / Reviews

Georg Lukács, A Defence of History and Class Consciousness: Tailism and the Dialectic Fredric Jameson

Julia Kristeva, The Sense and Non-sense of Revolt: The Powers and Limits of Psychoanalysis Dominique Lecourt, The Mediocracy: French Philosophy since the Mid-1970s David Macey

Christopher Norris, Minding the Gap: Epistemology and Philosophy of Science in the Two Traditions Roger …


Gillian Rose and the project of a Critical Marxism

by / RP 105 (Jan/Feb 2001) / Article

The work of Gillian Rose (1947–1995) displays a prodigious range equal to that of any British intellectual of her generation. Her output consists of eight books produced over a seventeen-year period between 1978 and her early death in 1995. The authorship falls into two distinct periods: a first phase, from 1978 to 1984, which includes …


Philosophizing the everyday

The philosophy of praxis and the fate of cultural studies
by / RP 098 (Nov/Dec 1999) / Article

The following presents a genealogy and critique of the concept of the ʻeverydayʼ, looking at the philosophical, political and cultural conflicts and contexts which radically transformed its contents after the Russian Revolution from a term synonymous with the ʻdailyʼ and ʻcontingentʼ to one identifiable with the vicissitudes of cultural and social transformation and democratization. It …


Agnes Heller

Post-Marxism and the ethics of modernity
by and / RP 094 (Mar/Apr 1999) / Interview


Nietzche reception today

by / RP 080 (Nov/Dec 1996) / Article


István Mészéros

Marxism Today
by and / RP 062 (Autumn 1992) / Interview


The Situationist International

A Case of Spectacular Neglect
by / RP 055 (Summer 1990) / Article

The recent exhibitions of Situationist art and paraphernalia in London, Paris, and Boston, have given the Situationist International (SI) an unprecedented academic and cultural profile. Even during the movement’s most active period, when many of its ideas and practices were realised in the events in France 1968, it received little serious appraisal; to …


Reification, Class and ‘New Social Movements’

by / RP 055 (Summer 1990) / Article


Philosophy as Exile from Life

Lukács' 'Soul And Form'
by / RP 053 (Autumn 1989) / Article


The Narration of an Unhappy Consciousness

Lukács, Marxism, the Novel, and Beyond
by / RP 043 (Summer 1986) / Article


Karl Marx, Death and Apocalypse

by / RP 038 (Summer 1984) / Article


31 Reviews

by , , , , , , , and / RP 031 (Summer 1982) / Reviews

Journal of African Marxists, Issue No.1, November 1981 Geoffrey Hunt

Martin Barker, The New Racism Janna L. Thompson

Michael Ruse, Is Science Sexist? John Fauvel

Philip Green, The Pursuit of Inequality Martin Barker

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Carnival at Romans: a People’s Uprising at Romans 1579-1580 Noël Parker

Stephen Heath, Questions of Cinema Peter Goodrich


On Materialism

by / RP 031 (Summer 1982) / Article

TEACHER: Si Fu, name the basic questions of philosophy SI FU: Are things external to us, self-sufficient, independent of us, or are things in us, dependent on us, non-existent without us? TEACHER: What opinion is the correct one? SI FU: There has been no decision about it…. TEACHER: Why has the question remained unresolved? SI …