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Willy Thayer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286744

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286744.001.0001

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Critique and Life

Critique and Life

(p.1) 1 Critique and Life
Technologies of Critique

Willy Thayer

, John Kraniauskas
Fordham University Press

This chapter talks about Georg Lukács who emphasized that critique and life must be strictly kept apart. It explains that what Lukács was really separating was not simply life from critique but the understanding of life and of critique as they had been immersed in and explained by the so-called “philosophies of life.” Lukács opposed his own historical dialectical materialist understanding of critique, stressing his understanding of critique, revolution, and life as negation. This chapter also talks about the production of knowledge without gaps, the undialectical, nonnegative, and purely affirmative understanding set out by the philosophies of life. It describes indices of irrationalism, mysticism, and mythology to nourish fascism's blindness.

Keywords:   Georg Lukács, critique, philosophies of life, irrationalism, mysticism, mythology

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