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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

Overall a highly recommended read for anybody who is interested in the history of one of the most influential “ideologies” to come about in recent times. The Journal of Politics. It’s a demolition job on Leninism including Trotskyismand in this is thoroughly convincing.

Sep 22, Roy Whitman rated it it was amazing. Kolakowski covers some figures not thought of usually as part of oklakowski Marxist mainstream, such as Soral and Jean Jaures, as well as illuminating discussions of the Revisionist and Austro-Marxist movements. This is an encyclopedia first and a criticism second. He then gives an exposition of Marxist thought based on the writings of Marx and Engels.

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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.

Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Croix described Main Currents of Marxism as overpraised, but nevertheless acknowledged that he was influenced by it, in The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World Elliott described the book as “comprehensive” and essential reading for any serious student of Marxism. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

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Its Rise, Growth ,olakowski Dissolution”, Vols. From philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, one of the giants of twentieth-century intellectual history, comes this highly infuential study of Marxism. The book assumes a certain degree of knowledge about philosophy, making it not quite suited for an introductory work. The Golden Age; Volume 3: The Founders, the Golden Age, the Breakdown”. This is a book about the history of Marxist doctrine, from its pre-history which Kolakowski marxixm all the way back to ideas in Plotinus and the neo-Platonists right on down to when the first edition of the book came out in Sign in to use this feature.

Although this isn’t exactly surprising – since Kolakowski is himself a philosopher – Mai picked up this work out of an historical interest in Marxism and found myself somewhat unprepared for its philosophical aspects. Views Read Edit View history. This books is encyclopedic in the volume of information it conveys, and yet it strings it all together so that you’re following more or less chronologically, enriching each period as you go with greater and greater knowledge of all the key players.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Critical Theory of the Contemporary Although kolakowsii disagrees with the labor theory of value, he understands that the concept of historical materialism was a useful and important development in intellectual history.

The final chapter considers the Russian Revolution and the transformation of Bolshevism from a theory of the state to a state ideology. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I originally read this in its three volume form at a community colleg The great value of this book is that despite its title it goes into many smaller currents of Marxist thought beyond the big ones of orthodox Social Democracy, Leninism, and Stalinism.

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There’s less of a focus on his historical interpretations but the philosophical underpinnings mafxism said analyses. I want to live fulfilled and for the humanity of the future to be able to live full and fulfilled lives. James Miller – – Telos: The great value of this book is that despite its title it goes into many smaller currents of Marxist thought beyond the big ones of orthodox Social Democracy, Leninism, and Stalinism.

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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 mai 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. He speaks sympathetically, even humorously, and refuses to shy away from the points where Marxist doctrine is strongest.

Leszek Kolakowski – – Ethics 91 4: The work is heavily theoretical, explaining all the ideas of every communist thinker that ever was, even touching on Marx’s doctoral dissertation concerning Prometheus and Epicurus This excellent survey work traces communism from the early days of the Communist Manifesto and the Paris Commune all the way down to Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnam Molakowski.

Interesting introduction to marxims, but a bit heavy. Adler, Franklin Hugh Showing of 3 reviews. In his Jefferson Lecture, he asserted that “We learn history not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know Distinguished Polish philosopher and historian of ideas.