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Lukács' critical ontology and critical realism

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This paper proposes that we read a late work of Georg Lukács, The Ontology of Social Being, as an indispensable contribution to ontological investigation in general and particularly to the understanding of social reality. As the ontology of Lukács tends not to be familiar even to those who have (properly) foregrounded ontological issues in recent decades, it seems to be extremely fruitful to bring it into discussion. Comparing the analysis of Lukács with the ontology of critical realism, we argue that it is not only possible to identify obvious convergences but also to shed light on many questions that still demand a proper treatment from an ontological perspective.


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