Dialectical Materialism by Henri Lefebvre

By Henri Lefebvre

With the purpose of widening the scope of Marxist idea, Henri Lefebvre complete Dialectical Materialism ahead of the start of worldwide conflict II and the Resistance stream opposed to the Vichy regime. because the fruits of Lefebvre’s interwar actions, the publication highlights the tension-fraught dating among Lefebvre and the French Communist celebration (PCF). For Lefebvre, in contrast to for the PCF, Marxism used to be exceptionally a dynamic stream of thought and perform. Dialectical Materialism is an implicit reaction to Joseph Stalin’s Dialectical and ancient Materialism and an try and express that the Stalinist figuring out of the concept that used to be dogmatic and oversimplified. This variation encompasses a new creation via Stefan Kipfer, explaining the book’s modern ramifications within the ever-expanding achieve of the city within the twentieth-century Western global.

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It works on determinate judgments, even if it does see their content simply as an excuse for applying the form. As Hegel points out, a completely simple, void identity cannot even be formulated. When the logician who has just posited 'A' posits 'not-A', and asserts that 'A is not not-A', he is adopting the form of negation without having justified it; he is thus positing the 'other' of A, the difference or non-identity, and is even positing a third term, 'A', which is neither 'plus A' nor 'minus A'.

And when those who had read the young Marx were clearing the way for the rediscovery of Hegel, the dogmatists were moving in an opposite direction. , etc. 2. From this there evolved a simplified Marxism and materialism, reduced to a recognition of the practical and material world 'as it is', without addition or interpretation. Its methodology also contracted. In spite of explicit 'classic' passages in Marx, Engels and Lenin, the official Marxists contested the validity of formal logic, as having come from Aristotle and from the ideological 'superstructures' of ancient or medieval society.

Already in the early 1930s, Lefebvre undertook sociological research on industrial working class life and wrote analyses of fascism, nationalism, and individualism. "3 Neither an objectification of mind (as in Hegel) nor a purely economic category (of exploitation), Lefebvre sees alienation as an everyday experience (of the labor process, utilitarian economic organization, individualism, and the division between 1 Guterman and Lefebvre, La Conscience Mystifiee. Henri Lefebvre, Critique of Everyday Life, Volume I , trans.

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