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Marxism and Totality: The Adventures of a Concept from Lukács to Habermas
by Martin Jay
Totality has been an abiding concern from the first generation of Western Marxists, most notably Lukács, Korsch, Gramsci, and Bloch, through the second, exemplified by the Frankfurt School, Lefebvre, Goldmann, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Della Volpe, up to the most recent, typified by Althusser, Colletti, and Habermas. Yet no consensus has been reached concerning the term's ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published February 7th 1986 by University of California Press
(first published 1984)
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Jay is an incredibly lucid and insightful intellectual historian. He follows the concept of totality in Western Marism from Lukacs to Habermas, with an afterward on Foucault. The book provides a very accessible overview of marxist thought that fell outside of the Soviet sphere of influence. It takes up the challenges of marxist critique in western Europe whose framework was set out by Lukacs, but whose content had to respond to the political and economic developments of Stalinism, World War II, ...more