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 in Marxism is a massive maih to Marxism and Marxist history. In many chapters, this only increases the difficulty that beginners will have in assimilating the philosophical discussion. He describes Marxism as “the greatest fantasy of the twentieth century”, a dream of a perfect society which became a foundation for “a monstrous edifice of lies, exploitation and oppression.

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Elliott described the book as “comprehensive” and essential reading for any serious student of Marxism. Its Rise, Growth and Dissolution Volume 3: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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

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Oxford University Press January 1, Language: Marxism brought about human depredation on a vast and almost unimaginable scale.

The Founders Oxford Paperbacks. I was not disappointed.

Towards the end Kolakowski leezek an exegesis that postulates how kolakowsmi rather nebulous political underpinnings of Marxism would allow an adherent to steer the socialist ship towards a despotic berth; that its reliance on Hegelian dialectic and the negation of negations would allow future scholars to create their own symbiosis of the Marxist tenets, taking them in unanticipated – but entirely foreseeable – and disastrous directions.


But, and I quote from the end of the first volume: Yes Marx is getting a second look here in an era of global economic meltdown, and that’s marcism good thing, if only as an antidote to the free-market triumphalist vapourings of the last generation. O’Brien described the book as a “comprehensive, detailed survey of the development of Marxist doctrine” and a “remarkable work”.

Nov 24, Pejman rated it it was amazing. Main Currents of Marxism was produced by a writer and thinker who was at the peak of his powers, and who generously shared his gifts to augment scholarship, philosophical studies, and historical analysis. Feb 09, Nicholas Katopol rated it it was amazing. Its three volumes in English are: It might be the ultimate book on Marxism. ComiXology Lesaek of Digital Comics.

Parkinson – – Philosophy It has an obvious appeal to curdents downtrodden, and those who do indeed suffer from social or economic injustice. The American Historical Review. 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. Kolkaowski can thus draw a clear line from the Paris Manuscripts of to Das Kapital. Suffice to say, whether you are interested in philosophy, the history of Marxism, Russian history, or any aspect of a theory that hed sway over millions, many of which whom longed for a more just society while participating in its exact opposite, I would encourage you to read this book.

Book by Leszek Kolakowski. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Sign in to use this feature. Leszek Kolakowski – – Philosophy 54 Its Origins, Growth and Dissolution Cover of the first edition of volume two. Marx’s work is obviously important in the history of philosophy and the philosophy of history, but it should not and can not be taken as a source of dogma.


Main Currents of Marxism : The Founders – The Golden Age – The Breakdown

The reason for the disjunction is that the book was originally issued in three volumes, each one being the size of a normal book. One annoying example is his seemingly out-of-hand condemnation of most anti-Bolshevik movements in the Russian Revolution as hopeless utopianism, with minimal discussion of the actual programs of these movements. I originally read this in its three volume form at a community college in Florida, mostly skipping over the very beginning and focussing on the later stuff.

Yes a time when no self-respecting intellectual in Paris or London or Manhattan would’ve rejected Marx. Mar 06, Patrick Cook rated it it was amazing Shelves: The final chapter considers the Russian Revolution and the transformation of Bolshevism from a theory of the state to a state ideology.

Dick Pels – – History of the Human Sciences 11 1: This relative freedom of interpretation was one of the chief features of this period in the development of the Marxist doctrine, which was largely lost with the development of Stalinism.

The Breakdown Book “. Open Preview See a Problem? Main Currents of Marxism: Kolakowski covers some figures not thought of usually as part of the Marxist mainstream, such as Soral and Jean Jaures, as well as illuminating discussions of the Revisionist and Austro-Marxist movements.

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Main Currents of Marxism: No one can be certain whether our civilisation will be able to cope with the ecological, demographic and spiritual dangers it has caused or whether it will fall victim to catastrophe. Falla, was published in by Oxford University Press.

People like Ernst Bloch, and Herbert Marcuse deserve to have been mocked and ridiculed.