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Csaba VARGA: The Place of Law in Lukács’ World Concept (1985/2012)

The Place of Law in Lukács’ World Concept [1985] 3rd [reprint] ed. with Postface (Budapest: Szent István Társulat 2012) 218

Introduction: Lukács and the Problems of Law

Part One   Preliminary Skirmishes with the Questions of Law

Chapter 1   Encounters of the Young Lukács with Law   1.1 Legal Studies, 1.2 Friendship with Felix Somló, 1.3 Relationship with Gustav Radbruch

Chapter 2   Glorification of Consciousness in History and Class Consciousness   2.1 The Search for a Way Opposed to Institutions: Law as Force and as Consciousness, 2.2 Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat and its Dramatized Legal Conception, 2.3 Messianism as the Core of Lukács’ Preconception

Chapter 3   Provisional Summaries and Question Marks   3.1 Ruthlessness and its Trap in The Destruction of Reason, 3.2 Allusions to a Synthesis in The Specificity of the Aesthetic

Part Two   The Ontology: a Copernican Revolution

Chapter 4   The Ontological Approach as a Methodological Possibility of Transcending Socialist Normativism   4.1 The Genesis and Methodological Significance of the Ontology   4.2 Socialist Legal Thinking (4.2.1 The Revolutionary Period, 4.2.2 The Roots and Manifestations of Socialist Normativism, 4.2.3 The Need for Progress), 4.3 The Making of an Ontological Approach to Law

Chapter 5   The Ontological Concept of Law   5.1 Law as a Complex of Mediation (5.1.1 Complex of Complexes, 5.1.2 Complexes or Social Relationships, 5.1.3 The Interaction of Complexes: Mediation, 5.2 Law as Objectification and as Actual Functioning (5.2.1 The Genesis of Law and the Dialectics of the Use of Coercion, 5.2.2 Positive Law and Natural Law, 5.2.3 The Inner Contradiction of Law, 5.2.4 Legal Superstructure), 5.3 Is Law a Reflection of Reality? (5.3.1 Teleology and Causality, 5.3.2 Reflection of Reality and the Question of Incongruence, 5.3.3 The Nature of Juridical Concepts, 5.3.4 Validity as a Distinctive Quality of Law), 5.4 Law in Action: Formal Legality versus Social Optimum (5.4.1 Components of Law-Observance, 5.4.2 Law and Logic: Subsumption and Manipulation, 5.4.3 “Jurist’s World View” and the Ideology of the Legal Profession)

Chapter 6   The Ontological Approach as a Horizon in the General Renewal of Marxism

Appendix   “Thing” and Reification in Law   A.1 “Thing” or Reification in Marxist Philosophy?, A.2 Concepts of “Thing” as Fictions in the Law, A.3 Objectification, Reification and Alienation as Qualities of the Existence of Law (A.3.1 Objectification, A.3.2 Reification, A.3.3 Alienation), A.4 Conclusions

Postscript   The Contemporaneity of Lukács’ Ideas with Modern Social Theoretical Thought (The Ontology of Social Being in Social Science Reconstructions – with Regards to Constructs like Law)   P.1 Ontologies and The Ontology of Social Being, P.2 Some Key Terms of Lukács’ Ontology, P.3 The Ontology of Social Being as Applied to Law, P.4 Gattungswesen and Alienation

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