Georg Lukács was one of the most important intellectuals and philosophers of the 20th century. His last great work was a systematic social ontology that was an attempt to ground an ethical and critical form of Marxism. This work has only now begun to attract the interest of critical theorists and philosophers intent on reconstructing a critical theory of society as well as a more sophisticated framework for Marxian philosophy. This collection of essays explores the concept of critical social ontology as it was outlined by Georg Lukács and the ways that his ideas can help us construct a more grounded and socially relevant form of social critique.
This work will of special interest to social, moral and political philosophers as well as those who study critical theory, social theory and Marxism. It is also of interest to those working within the area of social ontology.
Contributors include: Mario Duayer, Andreas Giesbert, Christoph Henning, Antonino Infranca, Reha Kadakal, Endre Kiss, Michael Morris, Michalis Skomvoulis, Matthew J. Smetona, Titus Stahl, Thomas Telios, Michael J. Thompson, Murillo van der Laan, Miguel Vedda, Claudius Vellay.
Part 1: Fundamental Aspects of Lukács ' Ontology of Social Being
Ontology and Labor in the Lukács ' Late Thought
Antonino Infranca and Miguel Vedda
Lukács and the Reshaping of Marxism: From Hartmann 's to Lukács ' Ontology
Lukács ' Ontology of Social Being and the Material Basis of Intentionality
Matthew J. Smetona
Part 2: Hegelian-Marxist Dimensions of Lukács ' Social Ontology
György Lukács ' Ontological Interpretation of Marx 's Labor Theory of Value
Murillo van der Laan
The Ontology of Alienation: Lukács ' Normative Theory of History
Lukács ' Late Appropriation of Hegel 's Philosophy: The Ontology of Materialist Dialectics and the Complexities of Labor as Teleological Positing
Part 3: Lukács ' Social Ontology and Contemporary Philosophy
On the "Constitution of Human Society": Lukács ' versus Searle 's Social Ontology
Why Still Reification? Toward a Critical Social Ontology
Unlikely Affinities: J.L. Borges, Kuhn, Lakatos and Ontological Critique
The Politics of Nature, Left and Right: Comparing the Ontologies of Georg Lukács and Bruno Latour
Part 4: Toward a Critical Social Ontology
From Critical Theory to Critical Ontology: Back to Lukács!
Normativity and Totality: Lukács ' Contribution to a Critical Social Ontology
Lukács and the Problem of Knowledge: Critical Ontology as Social Theory
Marx, Lukács and the Groundwork for Critical Social Ontology
Michael J. Thompson