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The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory expounds the development of critical theory from its founding thinkers to its contemporary formulations in an interdisciplinary setting. It maps the terrain of a critical social theory, expounding its distinctive character vis-a-vis alternative theoretical perspectives, exploring its theoretical foundations and developments, conceptualising its subject matters both past and present, and signalling its possible future in a time of great uncertainty. Taking a distinctively theoretical, interdisciplinary, international and contemporary perspective on the topic, this wide-ranging collection of chapters is arranged thematically over three volumes: Volume I: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society Volume II: Themes Volume III: Contexts This Handbook is essential reading for scholars and students in the field, showcasing the scholarly rigor, intellectual acuteness and negative force of critical social theory, past and present.
Chapter 13: Georg Lukács: An Actually Existing Antinomy
Georg Lukács: An Actually Existing Antinomy
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. ...