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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press (December 26, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877228671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877228677
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,409,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book will be a major contribution to the understanding of Marxism not as a political blueprint or merely social theory but as a modern way to cope with the deeply threatening cloud of Unreason in human affairs and in human understanding. Rockmore gives interesting readings of the two peaks of Lukács's Marxist thought. This is one of the few attempts at an interpretation and an evaluation of Lukács after his turn to Marx after 1918. And it is noteworthy too for Rockmore's severe rejections of much of Lukács's writings within his equally clear admiration for the man's intelligence, scholarship, and creative philosophical insights."
Robert S. Cohen, Professor of Physics and Philosophy, Boston University

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First English edition of a strictly philosophical discussion of Georg Lukács's Marxist phase

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John C. Landon on February 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This work is an illuminating exposition of the sources and legacy of G. Lukacs whose History and Class Consciousness appeared like a kind of red alert on the reds at the time of the Bolshevik revolution. As Marxism began to crystallize as an incoherent dogma called 'dialectical materialism' one the few great works of Marxist philosophy appeared, and then sank from view, living an underground existence and giving birth to so-called Western Marxism.
One need not be a Marxist to profit from seeing a truly slick mind at work, and from Rockmore's history of the ideas coursing through Lukacs brain as he produced this almost enigmatic work that almost cunningly blends Neo-Kantianism, Hegelianism, and a non-Engelsian historical materialism. The tactics are so brilliant, standard debunkers of Marx have seldom bothered to critique the argument, which is no doubt beset with its own problems. What I found interesting was the connection with the Neo-Kantians (and the influence of figures such as Lask and Rikert on Lukacs, this being invisible behind his reputation for "Hegelian Marxism". If nothing else it is a reminder the legacy of German philosophy is so tricky that to build a revolution on it is a recipe for disaster, nobody will know what they are talking about.
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By CB on December 10, 2012
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I REALLY wanted to like this book. Being one of maybe four fans of Georg Lukács, and there being maybe four books about Lukács in existence, I was craving some insight into his masterpiece History and Class Consciousness, and some kind of discussion of his never discussed The Ontology of Social Being (published posthumously).

Despite the fact that Rockmore is a crystal clear writer - which is rare for someone who studies German Idealism with his intensity - the book seemed completely directionless. The first 50 or so pages are about Marx and then Engels poor creation of Marxism. While I completely agree with every idea expressed in these chapters, they are completely superfluous. 1) People buying these books (i.e., nuanced discussions of esoteric Marxists) are already privy to the conversation regarding Engels and his perversion of Marxism. 2) It adds almost nothing to the conversation about Lukács in general. Lukács offered an ingenious perspective to Marxism, be it from the Engelsian perversion, or from Marx's works alone, this back story is superfluous to the ingenuity of Lukács.

The actual conversation about Lukács is so loaded with Rockmore's personal theory, that one finds it hard to belabor the rest of the book. Rockmore is adamant that Lukács is sneaking in neo-Kantianism, specifically the theories of Emil Lask. Even if he is, one can comprehend Lukács book without knowing these back stories. And presenting the philosophy of Lukács as these opaque back stories that Rockmore has figured out, greatly detracts from actually understanding what Lukács was saying; by focusing far too much on what Fichte, and Lask were saying.
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