Lukács: Praxis to the Absolute | Red May 2021

Lukács again? That dimly recalled precursor of Adorno and Benjamin who ended up as a Stalinist hack? In his magisterial new book, Lukács: Praxis and the Absolute, Daniel Andrés López gives us a Lukacs for our time, reassembling his 1920s philosophy into a conceptual-historical totality and offering a speculative reading that both defends Lukács and proposes an unprecedented, immanent critique. If his concept of praxis approaches the shape of Hegel’s Absolute but ultimately fails to bear its weight, it raises crucial political, methodological and philosophical questions for Marxism that still resonate. (Plus, how many Ministers of Culture have actually scoured aristocratic mansions in search of hidden-away Old Master paintings to be transferred to a public museum?)

Red May has brought together a panel of thinkers well-versed in the Lukacsian era—Esther Leslie, biographer of Benjamin, and Andrew Feenberg, author of The Philosophy of Praxis—to discuss this essential book.

Reification, anyone?

Daniel Andrés López, Esther Leslie, Andrew Feenberg, Diego Arrocha Paris (mod)

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