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DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM

BOOKS BY HENRI LEFEBVRE
Published by the University of Minnesota Press
The Urban Revolution
State, Space, World: Selected Essays

Dialectical

Materialism
Henri
Lefebvre

Preface by Stefan Kipfer
Translated by John Sturrock
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESS
MINNEAPOLIS
LONDON

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Originally published in French as Le Matérialisme dialectique.
Copyright 1940 by Presses Universitaires de France.
This English translation was first published in 1968. Copyright 1968
by Jonathan Cape Ltd. Reprinted by arrangement with Jonathan
Cape Ltd.
First University of Minnesota Press edition, 2009
Preface copyright 2009 by the Regents of the University of Minnesota
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,
stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by
any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or
otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.
Published by the University of Minnesota Press
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http://www.upress.umn.edu
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA
Lefebvre, Henri, 1901-1991.

Dialectical materialism / Henri Lefebvre ; Preface by Stefan Kipfer ;
Translated by John Sturrock.
p. cm.
Distinctive title: Matérialisme dialectique
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 978-0-8166-5618-9 (pb : alk. paper)
1. Dialectical materialism. I. Title. II. Title: Materialisme
dialectique.
B809.8.L34B 2009
146'.32-dc22

2009004874

Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper
The University of Minnesota is an equal-opportunity educator and
employer.
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The life of the Spirit is not that life which shrinks
from death and seeks to keep itself clear of all
corruption, but rather the life which endures the
presence of death within itself and preserves itself
alive within death.
HEGEL, The Phenomenology of Mind

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Contents
TRANSLATOR'S NOTE
CODE TO R E F E R E N C E S
PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION

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Stefan Kipfer

Dialectical Materialism
Foreword to the Fifth Edition

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I. THE D I A L E C T I C A L
CONTRADICTION
A critique of Hegel's dialectic
Historical materialism
Dialectical materialism
Unity of the doctrine

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II. THE P R O D U C T I O N OF MAN
Analysis of the Product
The activities of integration
The controlled sector and the
uncontrolled sector
Physical determinism
Social determinism
The total man
Towards the total content
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