The Destruction of Reason
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896 pages / July 20, 2021 / 9781839761843

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A classic work of Western Marxism, now back in print

The Destruction of Reason is Lukács’s trenchant criticism of German philosophy after Marx and the role it played in the rise of National Socialism. Originally published in 1952, the book is a sustained and detailed polemic against post-Hegelian German philosophy and sociology from Kierkegaard to Heidegger. The Destruction of Reason is unsparing in its contention that with almost no exceptions, the post-Hegelian tradition prepared the ground for fascist thought.

The Destruction of Reason remains one of Lukács’s most controversial, albeit little read, books. This new edition, featuring an historical introduction by Peter E. Gordon, will finally see this classic come back in to print.

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