Phenomenology and Marxism according to Landgrebe: On “The Problem of Teleology and Corporeality in Phenomenology and Marxism”

Noé Expósito, Agata Bąk


The aim of this paper is to explore the link that Landgrebe establishes between
phenomenology and Marxism in “The Problem of Teleology and Corporeality in
Phenomenology and Marxism” (1977) and unfold its more far-reaching
implications for both traditions. Landgrebe’s short 2 yet dense paper explores the
very basic insight he considers both thinkers to hold in common, namely, that
praxis is an essential feature of human consciousness and needs to be grounded in
philosophical inquiry. The first step in our research is accordingly to reconstruct Husserlian phenomenology in order to demonstrate the close relationship between corporeality and teleology, between nature and history, and between the human being and the social world. Landgrebe reminds us that “it is not possible even to approach the problem of teleology in an adequate manner if the approach is not based on an analysis of corporeality, i.e. of man as a corporeal being.” What Marxism leaves undone, then, is a transcendental grounding of human embodied praxis, a project that the post-Marxian tradition typically fails to consider.

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