Marxism and Totality: The Adventures of a Concept from Lukács to Habermas

  title={Marxism and Totality: The Adventures of a Concept from Luk{\'a}cs to Habermas},
  author={Martin Jay},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={275 - 277}
  • M. Jay
  • Published 4 October 1984
  • Art
  • American Political Science Review
Totality has been an abiding concern from the first generation of Western Marxists, most notably Lukacs, Korsch, Gramsci, and Bloch, through the second, exemplified by the Frankfurt School, Lefebvre, Goldmann, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Della Volpe, up to the most recent, typified by Althusser, Colletti, and Habermas. Yet no consensus has been reached concerning the term's multiple meanings - expressive, decentered, longitudinal, latitudinal, normative - or its implications for other… 
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