Ontology of Social Being: Labour volume 3 by Georg Lukacs

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Then ' connection . The fact that necessary connections of this kin d prevail wi thin such a frame· work is what makes the al ternative into something possible. Wi thin this concrete complex, i t presupposes the necessary successi on o f individual steps. lt might well be objected that since al ternative and predetermination logically exclude one another, the alternative must precisely have i ts ontological foun dation in the freedom of decision. This is correct up to a certain point, but only up to this point.

I f this category of possibility o ften leads to con fusion with Aristo tle, on account o f his wrong views about the teleological character of society as a whole, and also of non-social reality, this does not essentially alter our conclusion, if we are out to distinguish the on tologically real from mere projections in forms of being that are not teleological in character. We could even say , in fact, that t he required skills o f the unemployed worker remain properties of his just as mu ch as do other properties of any other existing thing; such properties may o ften persis t , in organic nature for example, for very long periods o f time , without being in any way actually effective, yet while remaining properties of the exis tence in question.

Lt is not o f cou rse just a question o f one single genesis of a new area o f activity; the genesis is repeated, i f in extre mely varied forms , in the whole history of the sciences up till today . , are closely connected wi th , and co-determined by , the ontologi cal conceptions of everyday life at the time, generally unconsciously so, as these i n turn are connected wi th the prevailing ex periences, methods and resu lts of labou r. Several major turning-points in the sciences have their roots in every­ day im ages of the world owi ng to labour, which have arisen only gradu ally, but which at a certai n level appear as 19 ONTOLOGY radically and qualitativel y new.

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