From philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, one of the giants of twentieth-century intellectual history, comes this highly infuential study of Marxism. Written in exile, this. I did need to read Kolakowski. His ‘Main Currents of Marxism’ (translated by PS Falla) is not only a monumental intellectual history of Marxist. In some sense, Main Currents of Marxism represents the major life’s work of Leszek Kolakowski and the culmina- tion of the path that began much earlier, in the.

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Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders, the Golden Age, the Breakdown by Leszek KoĊ‚akowski

Instead, it is a laborious, meticulous, most detailed account of the economic, political, and philosophical system initiated in the halls of the British Museum Reading Room by Karl Marx. Instead, it is a laborious, meticulous, most detailed account of the economic, political, and philosophical syste I am not exaggerating when I state that this may very well be one of the best books I have ever read.

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.

That amount of space gives lrszek room to classify things as “Main Currents” that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to do. The Marxist historian G. Marxism is Promethean in that it promises true knowledge as a means of empowerment.

Main Currents of Marxism

Although this isn’t exactly surprising – since Kolakowski is himself a philosopher – I picked up this work out of an historical interest kolakowskki Marxism and found myself somewhat unprepared for its philosophical aspects. Yes a time when no self-respecting intellectual in Paris or London or Manhattan would’ve rejected Marx.

The first volume, ‘The Founders’, discusses the trends in philosophical history which led to Marx and the development of his own thought. Main Currents of Marxism is a brilliant, dazzling, monumental work, which shows how Kf 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.


A final complaint is that I would have kolaklwski Kolakowski to say at least one word about Marxism in America, a subject that is not mentioned in this volume. The Breakdown Book “.

To ask other readers questions kolakwski Main Currents of Marxismplease sign up. Kolakowski provides a very nice overview of the relevant Russian intellectual history leading up to a detailed discussion of various Russian Marxists. Now it’s back in print and in one volume. He quotes an extended passage from a major Soviet work about “Stalin, the great master of the sciences [ He reveals Marxism to be ‘the greatest fantasy of our century The Norton History of the Human Sciences. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

The great value of this book is that despite its title it goes into many smaller currents of Marxist thought beyond the big ones mxrxism orthodox Social Democracy, Leninism, and Stalinism.

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

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Indeed, capitalism itself was deemed a crucial and irreplaceable component of this historical inevitability, a necessary system that rapidly increased the technological level and material composition of society and yet was riven by contradictions, social and economical, that would result in the proletariat becoming conscious of its historical identity and overthrowing the decadent capitalist-liberal order, replacing it with a communist panacea.

Curents Founders Volume II: Blaug considered the book “brilliant” and important to the social sciences. I don’t know how common this is, but if possible it may be a good idea to make sure those pages are there before purchasing. Aug 24, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Main Currents of Marxism: That’s not quite fair.

And with it crumbles the whole edifice of Marxism like the removal of a angled stone from a Cuzco wall. In writing his magnum opus, Kolakowski also helped readers, thinkers, and policymakers figure out how so much of the human race fell prey kolakwoski Marxism, Marxian thought, and socialist beliefs. Book by Leszek Kolakowski.


Main Currents of Marxism: Main Currents in Marxism is a massive guide to Marxism and Marxist history. Looking for beautiful books?

This entry has no external marxisk. Hook wrote that the book opened a “new era in Marxist criticism” and provided “the most comprehensive treatment of Marx, and of thinkers in the Marxist tradition”.

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Its three volumes in English are: It is a tome to be digested slowly, and parts of it are fairly heavy going – I’ll be needing a break between books in order to let Kolakowski’s analysis settle – but it is indispensable for those who wish to know more about the intellectual structure and origins of one of the most important and influential political philosophies of the marxlsm century.

Kant believed that perfectibility was something that could never be reached, and Hegel believed in his ‘Geist’, which erased individual agency.

I was not disappointed. Find cureents on Scholar. Kolakowski was among the first thinkers to subject Marxism to a kolaokwski philosophical critique, to point out how easily calls for revolution became excuses for suppressing human rights, to ask exactly what Marxism meant for individuals and societies. Jan 12, Riley Haas rated it it was amazing. Karl Kautsky suffers a thousand blows here; so does Plekhanov, who feeds on a simplification of Marxism and popularizes it.

Throughout the course of this work, Kolakowski emphasizes that the Marxist doctrine could be and was interpreted in various different and often contradictory ways by different people. So why do we as left wingers leszei even liberals run around and marxsm ourselves apart? Science Logic and Mathematics. From philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, one of the giants of twentieth-century intellectual history, comes this highly infuential study of Marxism.