It was first published in Hungarian inthen later republished in German with additional essays in Alongside The Theory of the Novel  it is one of his most famous pre-Marxist critical works. Summary[ edit ] The introductory essay to the collection presents a theory of the essay form itself.
Inthe family was admitted into the nobility. He worked and participated in intellectual circles in Budapest, Berlin where he was influenced by Georg SimmelFlorence and Heidelberg.
Between and he worked on a first attempt to formulate a systematic approach to art, which remained unpublished during his lifetime GW Inhe married the Russian political activist and convicted terrorist Jelena Grabenko.
Later, when war broke out, he served as a political commissar in the Hungarian Red Army in this position, he also ordered the execution of several soldiers, see Kadarkay Being in charge of coordinating the clandestine activities of the exiled communist party, he remained under constant threat of expulsion to Hungary.
This reformulation of the philosophical premises of Marxism, however, entailed a rejection of the then contemporary forms of simplistic materialism and naive scientism endorsed by many Soviet party intellectuals. In this draft of a party platform, which was named after his party alias, he argued for a democratic dictatorship of workers and peasants in Hungary.
These theses were condemned as a right-wing deviation by the party earning him the status of being condemned both as a left-wing and a right-wing dissident within a timeframe of five years. Eventually, he was summoned by the Soviet party leadership to Moscow where he stayed from on, leaving only for Comintern missions in Berlin and for Tashkent during the war.
However, it is clear from his writings that he publicly defended Stalinist dogmas both in aesthetics and politics during the s, s and s a,while criticizing Stalin and Stalinism repeatedly later on see Inhe published his two-volume study titled The Young Hegel written partly during the s in Moscow and participated in debates about socialist realism in literature.
Inhe also traveled to Paris to engage in a debate about existentialism and Marxism with Sartre. The works of this period reflect both his allegiance to orthodox Soviet Marxism and his uneasiness with the Stalinist post-war situation.
A widely criticized example of his writing of this time is The Destruction of Reason, published in He also served in the short-lived Nagy government as minister for public education.
After the subsequent Soviet invasion, he was arrested and imprisoned in Romania. In contrast to other members of the government, he was not executed but merely expelled from the communist party, which he only rejoined in He also continued to publish extensively on literature and art. This is most explicitly discussed in his two attempts at a systematic philosophy of art.
Second, there is the sociological-historical question about the relation between individual and collective life and the aesthetic and ethical forms in modern bourgeois society. This topic is dominant both in the History of the Modern Drama of and in the Theory of the Novel of Both individual and social life is in principle capable of forming an integrated totality.
However, this is only the case if the essential properties of its elements are intelligible in terms of their relations to other particulars of life. Only in this case, life can have a meaningful form which is not a mere restriction. This immanence of meaning and the totality it constituted was, however, lost in the subsequent historical development, transforming form into an external factor to life.GyArgy LukAcs was a Hungarian Marxist philosopher, writer, and literary critic who shaped mainstream European Communist thought.
"Soul and Form" was his first book, published in , and it established his reputation, treating questions of linguistic expressivity and literary style in the works of Plato, Kierkegaard, Novalis, Sterne, and 5/5(2).
One essay in Soul and Form, The Foundering of Form Against Life, addresses a particular aspect of the failed romance of Kierkegaard and Regine Olsen. For this alone the book is worth every golden timberdesignmag.coms: 2.
introductory piece for the collection Soul and Form. It is a further curiosity that this "essay" on the essay, entitled "On the Nature and Form of the Essay" attempts, cunningly. introductory piece for the collection Soul and Form. It is a further curiosity that this "essay" on the essay, entitled "On the Nature and Form of the Essay" attempts, cunningly.
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