Critique of Dialectical Reason: Theory of practical ensembles
At the height of the Algerian war, Jean-Paul Sartre embarked on a fundamental reappraisal of his philosophical and political thought. The result was the Critique of Dialectical Reason, an intellectual masterpiece of the twentieth century, now republished with a major original introduction by Fredric Jameson. Here, Sartre began a new theory of history that he believed was necessary for postwar Marxism. His substantive concern was the structure of class struggle and the fate of the mass movements of popular revolt, from the French Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century to the Russian and Chinese revolutions in the twentieth.
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THE DOGMATIC DIALECTIC
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abstract activity alienation alterity apodictic appears basis becomes bourgeois characteristics class struggle collective colonialists common action common individual common praxis comprehension concrete constituted contradiction defined determination dialectical Reason differentiation employers ensemble everyone's example exigency exis existence exploitation exteriority fact free praxis freedom function fused group future Hegel History impossibility impotence individual praxis inert inertia inorganic institutional integration intelligibility interiorised interiority investigation labour labour power lived machine Marxist material matter means mediation milieu monism movement multiplicity necessity negation negative object objectification ontological oppression organised group organism particular passive pledge point of view positive possible practical field practico-inert field precisely Problem of Method produced proletariat realises reality reciprocity relations of production reveals scarcity seriality signification simply social society sovereign sovereignty statute structure struggle sub-group synthetic temporalisation third party tion totality transcendence transformation unification unified unity untranscendable violence whole words workers