By Eva L. Corredor
the students featured during this collection—Etienne Balibar, Peter Bürger, Terry Eagleton, Fredric Jameson, Jacques Leenhardt, Michael Löwy, Roberto Schwarz, George Steiner, Susan Suleiman, and Cornel West—discuss a extensive array of literary and political issues and current provocative perspectives on gender, race, and monetary kin. Corredor’s advent offers a biographical synopsis of Lukács and discusses a few his most vital theoretical techniques. keeping the continued energy of Lukács’s paintings, those interviews yield insights into Lukács as a thinker and theorist, whereas providing anecdotes that trap him in his position as a teacher-mentor.
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But that question is not really linked to the present moment. The questions I am asking myself about Lukács and his limitations are not based on glasnost or on the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. For me, the Lukács of History and Class Consciousness and the type of institutional Marxism that existed in the USSR and the Eastern countries are two completely different things. So what happens to one bears no consequence for the other. For me there is total contradiction between the Marxist spirit as it manifests itself in History and Class Consciousness and this type of mummified system, which was the official Soviet Marxism.
Historicism, with regard to its method, which consists of understanding each fact as a historical process and not understanding the economic, cultural, and political problems outside the contradictory movements of history itself, in historicity, is not dated; on the other hand, the concept that history has meaning, that it advances inevitably toward freedom or revolution, that is the part which seems out of date to me. ELC What about dialectics? Must we maintain and continue them? ML The dialectical method is absolutely irreplaceable.
From that moment on, he has found a philosophical legitimacy for his reconciliation with the Stalinist Soviet Union, and he will pursue it in the subsequent years while always retaining a certain autonomy and a certain distance. ELC With regard to the methodology that he developed in History and Class Consciousness, how valid is it still today? Lukács said that even if the details and results of Marx’s method were to be rejected, the Marxist scientific, analytical method would continue to retain its validity.