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Dialectical Materialism (Henri Lefebvre)

lefebvre-dm“By the time Dialectical Materialism was published in 1939, Henri Lefebvre had already lived through twenty rich years of intellectual and political engagement. In the 1920s, after arriving in Paris from Aix-en-Provence to study philosophy at the Sorbonne, Lefebvre joined a proto-existentialist student group (Jeunes Philosophes) and critically engaged works by Schelling, Proust, Pascal, Nietzsche, and his two main university teachers (Maurice Blondel and Leon Brunschvicg). Influenced by rebellious avant-gardes and some of their exponents-Dada (Tristan Tzara) and Surrealism (Andre Breton) -Lefebvre became politically active. He faced mili tary confinemen t after protesting the French army’s campaign against the Moroccan Rif in 1925 and joined the French Communist Party (PCF) in 1928.” -Stefan Kipfer

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Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism (Jacques Bidet and Stathis Kouvelakis, eds.)

companiontomarxismcvr“Periodically proclaimed to be dead, or on its way back, Marxism and, more generally, references to Marx are an integral part of contemporary culture. A broad view capable of taking the slightest distance indicates that even today, more than two decades after the eruption of the last ‘crisis’ of Marxism and at a time when the régimes of cially identi ed with it belong to history, reference to Marx is in no sense ephemeral – mere residue of a period that is now past – or a local phenomenon, con ned to a few geographical and cultural zones or countries. Marxism is demonstrating its persistence, its productivity and its capacity to adapt to contexts and conjunctures. Such is the statement of fact that guided us in the choices governing the production of this book: to indicate the diverse forms – emulating the famous mole of history, they are often subterranean – through which that reference has shaped, and continues to shape, the theoretical debates of the last three decades.” (from the editors’ introduction)

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History and Class Consciousness: Studies in Marxist Dialectics (Georg Lukacs)

“This is the first time one of the most important of Lukács’ early theoretical writings, published in Germany in 1923, has been made available in English. The book consists of a series of essays treating, among other topics, the definition of orthodox Marxism, the question of legality and illegality, Rosa Luxemburg as a Marxist, the changing function of Historic Marxism, class consciousness, and the substantiation and consciousness of the Proletariat.” (source)

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