Questioning the Dialectics of Nature in Lukács
This chapter appropriates the radicalism of Georg Lukács’s critique of capitalist society, as well as the sense of immanent possibilities within everyday life, and brings this into conversation with more recent disruptions of the human exceptionalism underlying such claims. It suggests that his magnum opus History and Class Consciousness, in spite of its difficulties with “nature,” can be a powerful ally in a struggle for a better world. Lukács matters to this book for his unique understanding of the conditions of possibility for radical change. He brings a particular understanding of the interrelationship between thought and action, making him in some senses the archetypal theorist of situated knowledges and of an immanent critique of everyday life. The chapter is structured around three closely related conceptual debates. First, it seeks to respond to Žižek’s question of how we today stand in relation to the revolutionary challenges of the work. Second, seeks to reclaim Lukács’ writings for a critique of everyday life. Finally, turning to the figure of the cyborg, it attempts to go beyond Lukács’ confusing, contradictory, and antinomian position on nature.
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