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41. & "Georg Lukäcs: Die Seele und die Formen," Logos, Vol. III, (1912), p. 249. 26 ALIENATION AND THE DIALECTIC (1908-1916) apparently at variance with the traditional connotations and denotations of the term. "Platonism" and "platonist" originally referred and still refer to a transcendentalism and a dualism, an outlook that affirms a realm of essences juxtaposed to the realm of existents. 1 Lukacs, however, contrasts the "platonist" to the poet: "The poet says yes or he says no, but he - the "platonist" - believes and doubts at the same time ...

48. PROMETHEAN IMPULSIONS 27 his home; it is capable of articulation only through the experiences of poets, who have a world of their own. " 1 Hence, the "platonist" of Lukacs is really a phantom platonist, a man who has lost confidence in his own generalizations because he cannot adduce commensurate experiences to sustain them. They are sustained by others. His reasoning powers are unable to fulfill the expectations of his emotional self. This is another reason why Lukacs is a problematic person.

2 In his Destruction oJ Reason (1954) Lukacs portrays retrospectively the social forces and conditions which had shaped his ear1y spiritual and intellectual life, characteristically interpreting his early intellectual experiences with his later developed Marxism: This insecurity, which affects the working man in its brutal materiality, appears to the middle-class intellectual in a "sublimated," considerably less immediate form. p. 7. TdR. P· 72. ALIENATION AND MYSTICISM 41 his conduct, and simultaneously take an increasingly nihilistic attitude toward all norms.

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