Between Marx and Heidegger: Politics, philosophy and Lefebvre's The Production of Space

Stuart Elden

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This article argues that the work of Martin Heidegger is extremely important in understanding Henri Lefebvre's intellectual project. It suggests that Lefebvre's trio of influential thinkers - Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche - are partnered by Heidegger. But this is Heidegger read in a particular way, and subjected to a Marxist critique - turned back on his feet, grounded, made real. This is pursued in detail through a rereading of Lefebvre's The Production of Space. The two terms in this title need to be examined, and while the importance of space develops a number of insights from Heidegger, the stress on production shows the political and Marxist nature of this research. The Production of Space is therefore situated, and needs to be read, between Marx and Heidegger. The article closes with some comments on the interrelation of history, space and politics, and offers the possibility of a left-Heideggerianism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-105
Number of pages19
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

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