Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-x

Gyorcy Lukacs was one of the leading Marxist philosophers and one of the most influential literary theorists of the twentieth century. The significance of his writings is recognized by translations...

Table of Contents

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pp. xi-xiv

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1. Introduction

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pp. 3-19

The active writing career of Gyorgy Lukacs (1885- 1971) spans the first seven decades of the twentieth century. An unusually prolific writer (his published works total nearly forty volumes), at the time of his death he...

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2. Lukács' Philosophical World View

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pp. 20-39

This is a legitimate question in view of the fact that evaluations of Marx's works frequently conclude that Marxism is a social philosophy with all but exclusive emphasis upon history...

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3. The Origin and Development of Art

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pp. 40-53

Just as it is not possible to explain the life of a tree without the consideration of its roots and the soil to which those roots are connected, so is every attempt doomed to failure that would...

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4. The Theory of Aesthetic Reflection

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pp. 54-70

Once Lukacs began to make systematic contributions to Marxist aesthetics (from the early 1930's) the theory of aesthetic reflection gained central importance in his works. Four decades of writings contain..

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5. The Category of Specialty in Aesthetics

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pp. 71-87

In surveying the history of aesthetic theory,1 Lukacs concludes that several misunderstandings and misexplanations have resulted from various theorists' erroneous concepts of categories as related...

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6. The Language of Art

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pp. 88-102

Lukacs approaches this subject from the broader context of the languages of human life. He distinguishes among three human signalizing...

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7. Form and Content in Art

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pp. 103-112

Much of Lukacs' practical criticism, when dealing with the problems of form, gives the impression of de-emphasizing the importance of form in art. He often writes harshly of "empty formalism...

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8. The Aesthetic Effect

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pp. 113-124

One impression that emerges clearly from Lukacs' theory of aesthetic reflection is that he considers art a way of knowing. Art is not, however, simply an epistemological tool; its primary value...

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9. The Unique Principles of Drama

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pp. 125-141

The fundamental principles of Lukacs' aesthetic theory so far discussed—realistic reflection, special category, type, totality, symbolism, and the aesthetic effect— apply to all arts. They are, as we have seen, not rigid prescriptions, mechanical rules invented by...

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10. The Social Mission of Art

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pp. 142-148

It is appropriate once more to return to Lukacs' metaphor describing the relationship between life and art.1 In this metaphor art and other "receptive and reproductive forms of a higher...

List of Works Consulted

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pp. 149-156

Index

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pp. 157-166