Tactics and Ethics: 1919-1929.pdf
“An invaluable contribution to an understanding of Lukács’s work in the English-speaking world.” —Tribune
“Adds a new dimension to what English readers know about Lukács as a philosopher and literary critic … includes the great theoretical essays on Moses Hess and Lassalle.” —Times Literary Supplement
Georg Lukács (1885–1971) was a Hungarian Marxist philosopher and literary critic. Most scholars consider him to be the founder of the tradition of Western Marxism. He contributed the ideas of reification and class consciousness to Marxist philosophy and theory, and his literary criticism was influential in thinking about realism and about the novel as a literary genre. He served briefly as Hungary’s Minister of Culture following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
Tactics and Ethics collects Georg Lukács’s articles from the most politically active time of his life, a period encompassing his stint as deputy commissar of education in the Hungarian Soviet Republic. Including his famed essay on parliamentarianism—which earned Lukács the respectful yet severe criticism of Lenin—this book is a treasure chest of valuable insights from one of history’s great political philosophers.