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It seems that you're in Germany. We have a dedicated site for Germany. Kosik writes that the history of a text is in a certain sense the history of its interpretations. In the fifteen years that have passed since the first Czech edition of his Dialectics of the Concrete, this book has been widely read and interpreted throughout Europe, in diverse centers of scholarship as well as in private studies.

A faithful English language edition is long overdue. This publication of KosIk's work will surely provoke a range of new interpretations. For its theme is the characterization of science and of rationality in the context of the social roots of science and the social critique which an appropriately rational science should afford. Kosik's question is: How shall Karl Marx's understanding of science itself be understood? And how can it be further developed? He takes the category of the concrete in the dialectical sense of that which comes to be known by the active transformation of nature and society by human purposive activity.

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Karel Kosík

His later essays can be called a sharp critique of the modern society from a leftist but not strictly Marxist position. From 30 January to 5 May he was imprisoned in Theresienstadt concentration camp. He graduated in in Prague at the Charles University. In , he published his magnum opus , Dialectics of the Concrete , a re-working of Marxian categories in terms of humanist phenomenology , which earned him an international reputation as a leading philosopher of humanist Marxism. He remained unemployed until , when he returned to public intellectual life as one of Central Europe's few prominent leftist social critics. Karel Kosik is not only one of the most important philosophers of the second half of the twentieth century, but also one of those who best embodied the spirit of resistance of critical thinking. He is also one of the few who have fought in succession the three major forces of oppression of modern history: Fascism in the s, the Stalinist bureaucratic regime in , and the dictatorship of market since


Dialectics of the Concrete


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