By Slavoj Zizek, Georg Lukács, Georg Lukacs, Slovoj Zizek, John Rees, Esther Leslie
Georg Lukacs was once dubbed "the thinker of the October Revolution" and his masterpiece historical past and sophistication realization (1923) is often held to be the foundational textual content for the culture often called "Western Marxism" which include the paintings of Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse. in spite of the fact that, because the freeing energies of the Russian Revolution have been sapped via Stalinism, Lukacs used to be subjected to ferocious assault for "deviations" from the "party line". within the mid-1920s, Lukacs wrote a sustained and passionate reaction to this onslaught. Unpublished on the time, Lukacs himself suggestion the textual content have been destroyed. although, a bunch of researchers lately came upon the manuscript accumulating airborne dirt and dust within the newly opened files of the CPSU in Moscow. Now, for the 1st time, this interesting, polemical and extreme textual content comes in English. it's a an important a part of a hidden highbrow heritage and should remodel interpretations of Lukacs's oeuvre.
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At ﬁrst glance, these proposals might seem plausible, but they crumble under a moment’s reﬂection and greater familiarity with the case material. For one thing, it’s actually shameful to claim that the early investigators of mediums were more gullible than their successors. 3 Granted, many reports from spiritualist séances were provided by hard-core, uncritical believers. But the cases that matter are the ones that can’t easily be dismissed. And one reason the best cases are so good is that the investigators who endorsed them were often experienced and skeptical observers, either skilled in conjuring or at least familiar with the tricks of the trade and savvy about methods for preventing c h a p t e r t w o [ 28 ] them.
If there had been a crack in the bulb or in its base big enough to allow the copious amount of observed smoke to escape, I think one of us ﬁve would have spotted it. I should add that we can’t suppose that Katie somehow had secret access to a smoke-producing substance, sitting there before us in a short-sleeve shirt with nothing around her, and after the usual careful body checks before the session began. Now I don’t want to make too much of this event. I don’t consider it strong evidence of PK.
I knew also that Chris and Dean were going into this without a feel for the subject’s personality and without much information either on Katie’s life or the case’s background. So I also hoped to provide whatever guidance might be useful. This was a great opportunity to obtain quality footage of the phenomenon and present the evidence to a huge audience, and I didn’t want to see it botched. I had never met Chris before. He struck me as skeptical in exactly the right way: on the lookout for possible fraud, but still open to the possibility of phenomena that couldn’t be explained away as sleight of hand.
A Defence of History and Class Consciousness: tailism and the dialectic by Slavoj Zizek, Georg Lukács, Georg Lukacs, Slovoj Zizek, John Rees, Esther Leslie