Understanding Henri Lefebvre

Understanding Henri Lefebvre

by Stuart Elden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826470033

ISBN-13: 9780826470034

Pub. Date: 04/01/2004

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Henri Lefebvre has been celebrated as one of the most influential social theorists of the twentieth century. Understanding Henri Lefebvre places Lefebvre in his historical and intellectual context and analyzes the extraordinary range of his work, across politics, philosophy, history, literature and culture.

Particular emphasis is given to Lefebvre's trilogy of

Overview

Henri Lefebvre has been celebrated as one of the most influential social theorists of the twentieth century. Understanding Henri Lefebvre places Lefebvre in his historical and intellectual context and analyzes the extraordinary range of his work, across politics, philosophy, history, literature and culture.

Particular emphasis is given to Lefebvre's trilogy of inspirational thinkers—Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche; his links to contemporaries such as Heidegger, Axelos and the Situationalists; and his critiques of existentialism and structuralism. Analysis of his writings on cities are balanced with those on rural communities, the production of space connected to ideas of time and history, and everyday life linked to the festival and cultural revolution.

Understanding Henri Lefebvre offers the most wide-ranging and reliable account of this central theorist available.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826470034
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Series:
Continuum Studies in Philosophy
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsv
Introduction: Henri Lefebvre 1901-911
1Rethinking Marxism15
A new reading of Marx15
The 'juvenile presumptions' of existentialism19
Structuralism as the French ideology22
Logic and dialectics27
Applications of the dialectic36
Alienation39
Production43
The Party and beyond46
2Engaging with philosophy65
Beyond Marxism65
The Philosophies group, Schelling and Hegel67
Nietzsche against the fascists73
Heidegger and the metaphysics of the Grand Guignol76
Metaphilosophy83
Descartes and literature85
3The critique of everyday life110
A day in the life111
A critique of the present115
Festival and revolution117
4From the rural to the urban127
The town and the country129
A sack of potatoes135
Reading rural spaces137
The spectre of the urban140
Reading urban spaces147
5Space and history169
Time and moments170
History175
The production of space181
Time, space and rhythm192
6Politics and the state211
De l'Etat-An overview215
The State Mode of Production222
Autogestion and the right to difference226
The world scale231
The state organization of space236
Politics, the political and the possible241
Bibliography of Lefebvre's writings257
Index of Names263

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