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In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 13: Georg Lukács: An Actually Existing Antinomy

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Georg Lukács: An Actually Existing Antinomy
Georg Lukács: An Actually Existing Antinomy
Eric-John Russell
A life of diremption

Appraising a life of discord is no easy task when suffering comes in innumerable currencies. Fichte spoke of his own time as an epoch of ‘absolute sinfulness’. Ours has been arguably better assessed as the ‘new mediocre’. The former verdict, often cited by Georg Lukács, signified a modernity that, in a word, rewarded the renouncement of instinct with chronically poor posture. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde diplomatically provided the second, more uninspired, estimate of a society whose economic prospects are barely worth its name. Indeed, everywhere the blind forces of the economy drive society towards an abyss and are incessantly given rational justification. ...

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