Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, Volume 2: The by István Mészáros

By István Mészáros

Within the Dialectic of constitution and heritage, quantity of Social constitution and sorts of recognition, István Mészáros brings the comprehension of our and the potential for emancipatory social motion past the top element reached up to now. construction at the indicatory flashes of conceptual lightning within the Grundrisse and different works of Karl Marx, Mészáros units out the relatives of constitution and enterprise, person and society, base and superstructure, nature and heritage, in a dialectical totality open to the future.

The venture is delivered to its end through critique, an research that exhibits not just the inadequacies of the idea critiqued yet even as their social old reason. The an important questions are addressed via critique of the top aspect of sincere and incredible idea in capital’s ascending part, that of Adam Smith, Kant, and Hegel, in addition to the irrationalities and dishonesty of the apologists of the capital system’s descending section, corresponding to Hayek and Popper. The useless ends of either Lévi-Strauss’s structuralism and post-modernism, coming up from their denial of heritage, are positioned of their context as capital-apologetics.

What Mészáros, the best Marxist thinker of our instances, has completed is of global historic significance. He has cleared the philosophical floor to allow the illumination of a route to go beyond the harmful loss of life spiral of the capital method.

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It must be also noted that Marx is talking about the “reciprocal action of the various sides on one another,” and not about a one-to-one connection between a given social base and the corresponding ideas—let alone about some form of mechanical determination of the ideas in general by the material base as such. In a coherently structured totality—the way in which Marx depicts the social complex, with all its intricate constituents and multiple dimensions—this could not be otherwise. , of social complexes corresponding to qualitatively different historical determinations in their original constitution) into the overall structure of the social totality, and the allround determination of the functioning of the social complex as a whole through continuity in discontinuity (and vice versa) with 44 SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND FORMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS regard to its temporal dimensions no less than with respect to its manifold material and superstructural articulations or structures.

At a historical stage, that is, when the removal of the constraints of natural scarcity would be no longer beyond human reach, if it were not for the self-paralyzing—but in principle transcendable—impact of antagonistic social contradictions? For it is the latter that create the false appearance of a humanly uncontrollable material force being responsible for the crises of plenty (overproduction), imposing themselves in the form of a brutal paradox as chronic “scarcity,” thanks to the “own goals” of the selfsame active side.

For only if we treat the various sides and aspects of the relationship between “material practices” and the production of T H E N AT U R E O F H I ST O R I C A L D E T E R M I N AT I O N 43 ideas as inextricable constituents of a coherently structured overall complex,8 only then can we avoid the danger of mechanical reductionism. 4. It must be also noted that Marx is talking about the “reciprocal action of the various sides on one another,” and not about a one-to-one connection between a given social base and the corresponding ideas—let alone about some form of mechanical determination of the ideas in general by the material base as such.

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