Lukács’s Phenomenology of Capitalism

Reification Revalued

  • Richard Westerman

Part of the Political Philosophy and Public Purpose book series (POPHPUPU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  3. The Road to Reification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
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      Pages 33-82
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      Pages 83-111
  4. The Phenomenology of Capitalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
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      Pages 115-151
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      Pages 153-199
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      Pages 201-237
  5. Beyond the Proletarian Revolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 303-308

About this book


This book offers a radical new interpretation of Georg Lukács’s History and Class Consciousness, showing for the first time how the philosophical framework for his analysis of society was laid in the drafts of a philosophy of art that he planned but never completed before he converted to Marxism. Reading Lukács’s work through the so-called “Heidelberg Aesthetics” reveals for the first time a range of unsuspected influences on his thought, such as Edmund Husserl, Emil Lask, and Alois Riegl; it also offers a theory of subjectivity within social relations that avoids many of the problems of earlier readings of his text. At a time when Lukács’s reputation is once more on the rise, this bold new reading helps revitalize his thought in ways that help it speak to contemporary concerns.


Critical Theory Western Marxism Phenomenology Social Theory Radical Philosophy History and Class Consciousness Edmund Husserl Emil Lask Alois Riegl Philosophy of art Heidelberg Aesthetics Reification alienation capitalism scientific socialism authoritarian populism neo-Marxian analysis subjectivity Max Dvorak

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Westerman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmonton, ABCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-93286-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-93287-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-714X
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-7158
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