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Reification: A New Look At An Old Idea

Axel Honneth


In the early 20th century, Marxist theory was enriched and rejuvenated by adopting the concept of reification, introduced by the Hungarian theorist Georg Lukács to identify and denounce the transformation of historical processes into ahistorical entities, human actions into things that seemed part of an immutable “second nature.” For a variety of reasons, both theoretical and practical, the hopes placed in de-reification as a tool of revolutionary emancipation proved vain. This book attempts to rescue the concept of reification by recasting it in terms of the philosophy of recognition that has ... More

Keywords: Marxist theory, reification, Georg Lukacs, human actions, second nature, cognition, recognition

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195320466
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Axel Honneth, author
Institut fur Sozialforschung, Frankfurt-am-Main

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