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By Tom Butler-Bowdon

50 Philosophy Classics: pondering, BEING, appearing, SEEING- Profound Insights and strong considering from Fifty Key Books (April 2013) stands out as the 6th within the bestselling 50s sequence, and a full of life access aspect into the examine. Butler-Bowdon explores the works of fifty of the main major philosophers; together with those who express us how one can imagine (Descartes, Foucault and Wittgenstein); tips to be (Aristotle, Spinoza, Sartre); the way to act (Bentham, Kant, Singer) and the way to determine (Baudrillard, Hegel, Talbot).

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How precarious that middle path may be is one of the chief lessons to be learned from the radical intellectuals who have been chosen as the subjects of this study. The so-called Frankfurt School, composed of certain members of the Institut fur Sozialforschung (Institute of Social Research),* can in fact be seen as presenting in quintessential form the dilemma of the left intellectual in our century. Few of their counterparts have been as sensitive to the absorbing power of both the dominant culture and its ostensible opponents.

20 Griinberg's relative indifference to theoretical questions seems to have persisted after his coming to Frankfurt. Although his journal did contain an occasional theoretical article, such as Karl Korsch's important "Marxism and Philosophy" in 1923 and Georg Lukacs's critique of Moses Hess three years later,21 it was primarily devoted to historical and empirical studies usually grounded in a rather undialectical, mechanistic Marxism in the Engels-Kautsky tradition. Weil's own theoretical interests were never very different, and Grunberg was certainly in agreement with the goal of an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to a radical dissection of bourgeois society.

One of the crucial questions raised in the ensuing alysis was the relation of theory to practice, or more precisely, to what became a fa- 4 The Dialectical Imagination miliar term in the Marxist lexicon, praxis. Loosely defined, praxis was used to designate a kind of self-creating action, which differed from the externally motivated behavior produced by forces outside man's control. Although originally seen as the opposite of contemplative theoria when it was first used in Aristotle's Metaphysics, praxis in the Marxist usage was seen in dialectical relation to theory.

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