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Introduction

  • Ulf Schulenberg
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Abstract

The relationship between Marxism and pragmatism was discussed in the 1970s and 1980s. Since then, this important discussion has been neglected. In the Introduction, Schulenberg explains that his study seeks to reactivate this discussion. His book intends to achieve three things. First, it endeavors to highlight the productive tension between, on the one hand, a representationalist and teleological universalism that still needs the appearance-reality distinction and, on the other, a historicist nominalism that is antirepresentationalist and antifoundationalist. Second, it shows that a discussion of the relation between Marxism and pragmatism is of contemporary significance since it can help one to fully grasp the implications of the notion of a postmetaphysical or poeticized culture. Finally, it is argued that Marxism’s combination of theory, form, a hermeneutics of depth, and the idea (or practice) of a coherent dramatic narrative clearly opposes this philosophy of praxis to pragmatism’s version of cultural criticism and its notion of horizontal critique. Elucidating the significance of the modern process from finding to making, Schulenberg’s interdisciplinary study brings together intellectual history, philosophy, and literary studies.

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  • Ulf Schulenberg
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  1. 1.University of BremenBremenGermany

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