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Fracchia and Burkett on Tailism and the Dialectic

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A Response

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This commentary addresses criticism of Lukács’s early book Tailism and the Dialectic: A Defence of History and Class Consciousness.Two critiques published in Historical Materialismare analysed and alternative interpretations of Lukács’s theory developed. The commentary focuses on Lukács’s theories of class consciousness and his ideas on the social construction of nature.

Affiliations: 1: Simon Fraser University


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1. Burkett Paul "‘Lukács on Science: A New Act in the Tragedy’" Historical Materialism 2013 Vol 21 3 3 15 [Crossref]
2. Feenberg Andrew The Philosophy of Praxis: Marx, Lukács and the Frankfurt School 2014 London Verso
3. Fracchia Joseph "‘The Philosophical Leninism and Eastern “Western Marxism” of Georg Lukács’" Historical Materialism 2013 Vol 21 1 69 93 [Crossref]
4. Le Blanc Paul "‘Spider and Fly: The Leninist Philosophy of Georg Lukács’" Historical Materialism 2013 Vol 21 2 47 75 [Crossref]
5. Löwy Michael Thompson Michael J. "‘Revolutionary Dialectics against “Tailism”: Lukács’s Answer to the Criticisms of History and Class Consciousness’" Georg Lukács Reconsidered: Critical Essays in Politics, Philosophy and Aesthetics 2012 London Bloomsbury
6. Lukács Georg Livingstone Rodney History and Class Consciousness: Studies in Marxist Dialectics 1971 [1923] Cambridge, MA. The MIT Press
7. Lukács Georg Leslie Esther A Defence of ‘History and Class Consciousness’: Tailism and the Dialectic 2000 [1925/6] London Verso

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