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Life And The Soul: The Young Lukács And The Problem Of Culture

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With baffling suddenness, without any transition it seemed, Lukács made a radical break with all his earlier work, work that, if only on account of its influence on his contemporaries, cannot simply be labelled dismissively as “immature†or “escapistâ€. The year 1918 did not, however, mark Lukács' first intellectual encounter with Marxism and socialism as representing both a problem and an alternative. The picture becomes even more paradoxical when we consider those aspects of Lukács' thought that were central to his intellectual conversion. If one compares the essay Bolshevism as an Ethical Problem, which appeared in 1918, with Tactics and Ethics, written only a few months later, one finds that the same problem is raised in both pieces. Parallel trains of thought can be identified at more than one level, and even identical formulations.

Keywords: mark Lukács; marxism; socialism



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