Henri Lefebvre, Metaphilosophy, translated by David Fernbach and edited and introduced by me, is now available. The best place to buy is the Verso website – the cheapest place I know online, and with free shipping. The cover is a rather clever cut-out design. There will be an e-book soon, and Verso’s usual practice is to bundle this with physical purchases. (More publishers should do this!)
In Metaphilosophy, Henri Lefebvre works through the implications of Marx’s revolutionary thought to consider philosophy’s engagement with the world. Lefebvre takes Marx’s notion of the “world becoming philosophical and philosophy becoming worldly” as a leitmotif, examining the relation between Hegelian–Marxist supersession and Nietzschean overcoming. Metaphilosophy is conceived of as a transformation of philosophy, developing it into a programme of radical worldwide change. The book demonstrates Lefebvre’s threefold debt to Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche, but it also brings a number of other figures into the conversation, including Sartre, Heidegger and Axelos. A key text in Lefebvre’s oeuvre, Metaphilosophy is also a milestone in contemporary thinking about philosophy’s relation to the world.