Freedom and Dissatisfaction in the Works of Agnes Heller
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Freedom and Dissatisfaction in the Works of Agnes Heller : With and Against Marx

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Ward's book focuses on the work of the Hungarian philosopher Agnes Heller; prominent member of the Budapest School, a group of students who studied under the Marxist social theorist Gyorgy Lukacs. For both Marx and Heller (albeit in different ways) dissatisfaction emerges as the inevitable result of the expansion of need(s) within modernity and as a catalyst for the development of anthropological wealth (what Marx refers to as the 'human being rich in need'). Ward argues that dissatisfaction and the corresponding category of human wealth-as both motif and method-is central to grasping Heller's seemingly disparate writings. While Marx postulates a radical overcoming of dissatisfaction, Heller argues dissatisfaction is integral not only to the on-going survival of modernity but also to the dynamics of both freedom and individual life. In this way Heller's work remains committed to a position that both continually returns and departs, is both with and against, the philosophy of Marx. This book will be of interest to scholars of political philosophy, social theory, critical theory, and sociology.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 274 pages
  • 159 x 238 x 25mm | 594g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073918976X
  • 9780739189764

About Lucy Jane Ward

Lucy Jane Ward teaches in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Agnes Heller with and Against Marx Chapter One: The Theory of Need in Marx Chapter Two: Agnes Heller: Marx as Problem and Promise Chapter Three: Heller's Anthropology of Affects and Feelings Chapter Four: Everyday Life and Values Chapter Five: A Theory of Modernity: Dissatisfaction and Critique Chapter Six: A Theory of Rationality Chapter Seven: Political Modernity and the Problem of Justice Chapter Eight: The Good Life Beyond Duty Conclusion: The Good Life and Human Wholenessshow more

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