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The Return of Stolen Praxis: Counter-Finality in Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason

Christopher Turner

Keywords: ALIENATION; COUNTER-FINALITY; MARXISM; OBJECTIFICATION; PRACTICO-INERT; PRAXIS; SERIALITY

What is counter-finality? Who, or what, is the agent of counter-finality? In the Critique of Dialectical Reason, Sartre employs a complicated and multivalent notion of counter-finality, the reversal of the finality intended by an agent in different contexts and at different levels of complexity. Sartre's concept of counter-finality is read here as an attempt to rethink and broaden the traditional Marxist notion of commodity fetishism as a tragic dialectic of human history whose final act has yet to play out. The article analyses and explicates Sartre's complex concept of counter-finality, focusing on material antipraxis.

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