Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  77 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Interview
Language:  French / English subtitles
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Leszek Kolakowski and Henri Lefebvre

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Leszek Kolakowski and Henri Lefebvre discuss the ongoing significance of Marxism and the concept of alienation.

Leszek Kolakowski and Henri Lefebvre

There is talk of revolution in the conversation between Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski and Marxist sociologist and philosopher Henri Lefebvre -perhaps the most overtly political of the debates in this collection.

Both men are former Communist Party members and they examine the role of Marxism and Marx's concept of alienation in creating a new consciousness and reorganizing society. A fascinating conversation on automation and its implications ensues - one in which Lefebvre is quite prescient on the notion of the increasing urbanization of the globe, and the rise of a society in which total surveillance through computers is a very real possibility.

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Main credits

Elders, Fons (Producer)

Distributor credits

Evolution or Revolution

A film by Fons Elders

Docuseek2 subjects

Philosophy, Critical Thinking and Ethics
Political Philosophy
Cultural and Ethnic Studies
Marxism and Communism

Distributor subjects

Cultural Studies
Political Science
Political Theory


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