International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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Lucien Goldmann redivivus

categories, history and praxis in Lukács and Heidegger

Christian Lotz

pp. 241-272


In this paper, I first argue that Lucien Goldmann’s attempt to confront Heidegger and Lukács, though it deserves to be revitalized, remains ultimately insuficient. Second, I propose that a more fruitful reading of Heidegger and Lukács should be based on three aspects: first, Lukács’ concept of social totality should be related to Heidegger’s concept of world. Second, the more meaningful way to confront Lukács and Heidegger on the level of praxis is not the everyday dealings with ready-to-hand things (as Goldmann argues), but, instead, the second division of Being and Time in which a political concept of subjectivity and action comes to the forefront. Third, a proper approach to Heidegger’s and Lukács’ philosophies should be based on their respective appropriation of the concept of categories.

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Published in:

Jurga Saulius, Kavoulakos Konstantinos (2021) Reification. Metodo 9 (2).

Pages: 241-272

DOI: 10.19079/metodo.9.2.241

Full citation:

Lotz Christian (2021) „Lucien Goldmann redivivus: categories, history and praxis in Lukács and Heidegger“. Metodo 9 (2), 241–272.