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By Eleonore Kofman, Elizabeth Lebas, Stuart Elden

Henri Lefebve: Key Writings offers for the 1st time the complete variety of Lefebvre's concept. the choice reinforces the centrality of Lefebvre to present debates in social and spatial concept but in addition units Lefebvre's paintings within the context of his broader philosophical and political concerns.The extracts are divided into sections, each one individually brought through the editors: Philosophy and Marxism; lifestyle and Modernity; the rustic and the town; house, Time and heritage; Politics. approximately all of the extracts awarded listed below are new translations and such a lot have by no means seemed in English prior to.

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Inequality between forms of work. ). Inequality between functions and the struggle for relative social surplus production (in times of scarciry). 2. Exchange and trade (trade in people and trade in merchandise). Money, the market and language. Universalization of merchandise, logical rationality (social use of the concept). 3. From powers to power, from social functions to the state of civil servants, notables, chiefs and kings. The political and the State. Political use of discourse (as a means of action).

By positing a total, a priori object - absolute knowledge, the system - Hegel went against the content, against the Becoming, against living subjectivity and negativity. Dialectical materialism restores the inner unity of dialectical thought. It dissolves the static determinations attributed by Hegel to the Idea, co knowledge, to religion and co the Scace. le rejects any speculative construct, any metaphysical synthesis. Thus the different meanings of the dialectic become not only compatible but complementary.

Once society has been transformed, human relations will again become clear and direct, only without serviliry. 1 As for political economy as a science, it is the study of a certain praxis how goods in short supply are distributed among groups unequal in size, influence, function, and place in the social structure. Political economy must be superseded, is capable· of surmounting itself. This should be achieved in and by a society living in abundance, making full use of its technological potentialities.

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