Leszek kolakowski main currents of marxism

In a brilliant coda, he examines the collapse of international Communism in light of the last tumultuous decades. Main Currents of Marxism is a brilliant, dazzling, monumental work, which shows how Marxism came about, from what philosophical schools it was spawned, the nature and impact of concomitant theories of socialism and socialist philosophy, and how Marxism and socialism fared when put into action as government policy in the former Soviet Union, the Warsaw Pact states, and China. Philosophy in the Twentieth Century. K nails his colours to the mast in the 2 epilogues, and probably more so in the coruscating analysis of Maoism.

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Written in exile, this 'prophetic work' presents, according to the Library of Congress, 'the most lucid and comprehensive history of the origins, structure, and posthumous development of the system of thought that had the greatest From maiin Leszek Kolakowski, one of the giants of twentieth-century intellectual history, comes this highly infuential study of Marxism.

If you want to understand philosophy better and the history of the twentieth century, then you must read Kolakowski. Be the first to ask a question about Main Currents of Marxism. His Life and Thought for the thoroughness of his philosophical discussion of Marx. The book that is as we cannot start the whole process again.

If anything is proved by this work, it is a twofold truth that there is no secret code unlocking the mystery of all of human history and that no utopia will be brought about when its designers are soiled in the blood of tyranny. Over This book did take a little effort, as well as quite a lot of time, to finish.

The American Historical Review. Kolakowski was a Polish dissident and so gives a relatively neutral point of view.

K nails his colours to the mast in the 2 epilogues, and curreents more so in the coruscating analysis of Maoism. The book assumes a certain degree of knowledge about philosophy, making it not quite suited for an introductory work.

Main Currents of Marxism

But Marx's original contribution was the hope that humanity would understand that humanity's problems were created by humanity, and that by understanding them and creating a more self-affirming world, human perfectibility was achievable. The Founders, the Golden Age, the Breakdown". The critique is not always incorrect, but ultimately, the project of Horkheimer et al. He reaffirmed the value of Marxism as an area of study despite the end of European communism, and suggested that a future revival of Marxism and communism, though far from certain, was still possible.

One minor figure which I should point out is Rudolf Hilferding, an Austrian who developed the first theories of 'finance capitalization', which posited the financial sector e. Main Currents of Marxism is a brilliant, dazzling, monumental work, which shows how Marxism came about, from what philosophical schools it was spawned, the nature and impact of concomitant theories of socialism and socialist philosophy, and how Marxism and socialism fared when put into action as government policy in the former Soviet Union, the Warsaw Pact states, and China.

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Main Currents of Marxism remains the indispensable book in its field. I want to live fulfilled and for the humanity of the future to be able to live full and fulfilled lives.

This three volume masterpiece is not for those interested in a brief synopsis of the subject matter. Mafxism then gives an exposition of Marxis I picked up this book in order to gain ccurrents better understanding of Marxism and its historical significance.

Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders, the Golden Age, the Breakdown

Secondly, Koloakowski puts forth a passionate and brilliant expose by which he not only places Stalinism as an outgrowth of Leninism but as its rightful heir. An intricately woven,dense and illuminating tome tracing the threads of the various elaborations, distortions, reworkings and mutations of not only Marxist thought but 'modern' socialism s such as Owens, Fourier and Lassalle more broadly.

Indeed, Kolakowski, with both wit and brilliancy, diligently takes apart the mythology of those who idealize the ascension of the Bolsheviks and forces one to ask - how exactly was Stalinism different from Leninism is any tangible form.

Perhaps it never will be. Jun 10, sologdin rated it did not like it Shelves: Its aim in describing the historical development of what we call Marxism from its earliest precursors to the New Left and the Frankfurt School after the death of Stalin.

Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders, the Golden Age, the Breakdown by Leszek Kołakowski

I will also note that I have attempted to read this work several times over the last 30 years or so, and haven't succeded in completing all or so pages, but I've gott Not for the faint of heart. The Norton History of the Human Sciences.

While it may be rhetorically effective to call the Administration a bunch of Marxists or socialists, intellectually speaking, the practice is misguided and the appellations are utterly inaccurate. The Hegel Myths and Legends.

This book summaries the antecedents, expressions of Marxism and Marxist thought in every variation imaginable, and they were legion. Views Read Edit View history. Jan 12, Riley Haas rated it it was lesezk. That amount of space gives you room to classify things as "Main Currents" that you otherwise wouldn't be able to do.

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