Henri Lefebvre, Metaphilosophy, translated by David Fernbach and edited by Stuart Elden – now available

Meta-Philosophy-front-1050-8aec1b1e7b5b23fdcf86f8eb8e67d2a5Henri 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.

 

We hope that this will be the first in a sequence of translations of Lefebvre’s more theoretical writings, but that is reliant on good sales of this one… It’s currently available for £14 with free shipping, which is good value for an academic book of this length. My reading guide to Henri Lefebvre gives some suggestions of where else to start with his work.
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