Day 2: The most remarkable chapter I read yesterday (day 2) from Critique, ‘Notes Written One Sunday in the French Countryside’, like a sermon ending in fire climax:
‘Marxism, the consciousness of the new man and the new consciousness of the world, offers an effective, constructive critique of life. And Marxism alone! …
It is serious writing:
‘The end, the aim, is to make thought – the power of man, the participation in and the consciousness of that power – intervene in life in its humblest detail.
More ambitious, more difficult, more remote than the means, the aim is to change life, lucidly to recreate everyday life.’
(p. 227 in the 1991 Verso edition of ‘Critique…’).
I think one of the most interesting things so far for me has been in Lefebvre’s own introduction to Introduction to Modernity: Twelve Preludes, September 1959 – May 1961, in which he…
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