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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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