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The Paradoxes Of Lucien Goldmann

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The main concern in this chapter is The Hidden God. Questions of living in between the two states of the Elect and the Damned, the mediation of the wager and then the tension between withdrawing from the world and yet living within it are the central issues. Lucien Goldmann claims that he draws his genetic structuralism from Lukács. He uses specific texts from Lukács to illuminate his interpretation of Pascal and Jansenism. God is not a good dialectician, nor a democrat. Pascal takes the logic of the utter sinfulness of human beings to its logical conclusion and points out that God's mind on the matter cannot be known. So it must be assumed that all people are intermediate beings and are potentially of the Elect and should seek God. Marxism is engaged in a perpetual negotiation between rejecting and refusing the world of capitalism and struggling within it.

Keywords: Damned; Elect; Hidden God; Jansenism; Lucien Goldmann; Lukács; Marxism; Pascal; wager



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