A trenchant account of Leninism from a giant of Marxist philosophy.
Out of the chaos following Lenin’s death and the mounting fury against Lukács and his freshly penned History and Class Consciousness (1923), this book bears an assessment of Lenin as “the only theoretical equal to Marx.” Lukács shows, with unprecedented clarity, how Lenin’s historical interventions — from his vanguard politics and repurposing of the state to his detection of a new, imperialist stage of capitalism — advanced the conjunction of theory and practice, class consciousness and class struggle. A postscript from 1967 reflects on how this picture of Lenin, which both shattered failed Marxism and preserved certain prejudices of its day, became even more inspirational after the oppressions of Stalin. Lukács’s study remains indispensable to an understanding of the contemporary significance of Lenin’s life and work.
In the above video, Andrew Feenberg discusses his new book The Philosophy of Praxis: Marx, Lukács and the Frankfurt School. The talk was held at the Vancouver Institute for Social Research on 27 October, 2014. Within Feenberg covers a range of issues, from Lukács’ theory of reification to technology, crisis capitalism, and contemporary social movements.
Originally published as Lukács, Marx and the Sources of Critical Theory (1981), The Philosophy of Praxis represents a substantial revision of Feenberg's earlier text. Chris Cutrone reviews the revised text here. The introduction to Feenberg's updated work is excerpted below.
The Philosophy of Praxisis available directly through the Verso website, with a 30% discount and postage and an ebook included free.