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Lukács, George

  • Csaba Varga
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_399-1


György Lukács (Budapest, 1885–1971) had no genuine professional encounter with law, the fact notwithstanding that he received doctorate in scienciarum politicarum (1906) under the direction of jurisprudent Felix Somló at Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca, Romania), and while at Heidelberg during the Great War, he befriended Max Weber, Gustav Radbruch, and Hans Kelsen alike (Varga 1981). Being an aesthetician, literary theorist, and social philosopher, legal topics could only serve mostly as substitute subjects to him, as structural exemplifications of abstract philosophical theses.

History and Class Consciousness (1923)

The first major magisterial work of Lukács in Marxism was the philosophy of revolutionary consciousness. Concluding from the study of history in the revolutionary bouleversement coming in the aftermath of the Great War, he saw the rejection of innate respect for anything established as the number one precondition of whatever intent at revolutionarization. For all...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Law, Department of Legal PhilosophyPázmány Péter Catholic UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Institute for Legal Studies, Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sally Scholz
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  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA