oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Some thoughts on the use of dialectics

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



Anyone who took part in the discussions on the dialectics developed by so-called Western Marxism during the 1930s, 1950s and 1960s would easily recognise how the roles played in those debates by Lukàcs' and the work of the Frankfurt School were at that time complementary. In a strange and ineffective hybridisation, a series of phenomenological descriptions and normative hypotheses produced in those periods, regarded life, society and nature as equally invested by the productive power of capital and their potential as radically diminished by it. The question of alienation traversed the entire theoretical framework: the phenomenology of agency and the historicity of existence were all seen as being completely absorbed by a capitalist design of exploitation and domination over life.

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