History and Class Consciousness by Georg Lukács, Rodney Livingstone

By Georg Lukács, Rodney Livingstone

The writings accrued during this quantity surround Lukacs' years of apprenticeship in Marxism. They contain crucial files of this era (1918-1930), which will emphaszie to their experimental nature and never to signify that they have got any topical significance to present controversies in regards to the actual nature of Marxism. The writings assembled the following do greater than easily light up the levels of private improvement; additionally they convey the trail taken via highbrow occasions as a rule.

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4 The links between the theory that affirms this and the revolution are not just arbitrary, nor are they particularly tortuous or open to misunderstanding. On the contrary, the theory is essentially the intellectual expres­ sion of fhe revolutionary process itself. In it every stage of the process becomes fixed so that it may be generalised, communi­ cated, utilised and developed. Because the theory does nothing but arrest and make conscious each necessary step, it becomes at the same time the necessary premise of the following one.

When, later on, the errors enshrined in the book were converted into fashionable notions, I resisted the attempt to identify these with my own ideas and in this too I believe I was in the right. The four decades that have elapsed since the appearance of History and Class Consciousness, the changed situation in the struggle for a true Marxist method, my own production during this period, all these factors may perhaps justify my taking a less one-sided view now. It is not, of course, my task to establish how far particular, rightly-conceived tendencies in History and Class Consciousness really produced fruitful results in my own later activities and perhaps in those of others.

The author of these pages wishes to break with such views. He believes that today it is ofpractical importance to return in this respect to the traditions of Marx-interpretation founded by Engels (who regarded the ‘German workers’ movement’ as the ‘heir to classical German philosophy’), and by Plekhanov. He believes that all good Marxists should form, in Lenin’s words “a kind of society of the materialist friends of the Hegelian dialec­ tic”. But Hegel’s position today is the reverse of Marx’s own.

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