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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View all 4 comments. Marx’s work has omissions and points of contention, and it is in developing these that we can continue to understand the human condition.
This entry has no external links. But it is so much more. Though he continually stresses that he is interested only in the variations of the doctrine, the connection between political ideas and political practice is particularly hard to disentangle in this case, especially once Lenin and Stalin and the USSR enter the picture quite late in the book, I might add!
But Kolakowski reminds us of what Marxism became in the 20th-century and how easily what began as a call for justice became a system that destroyed tens of millions of lives and left easte A brilliant history of Marxism, from marxis founders through the disintegration of Marxist thought in the early s. O’Brienwho reviewed the original English edition, and the second from Francisca Goldsmith, who reviewed the one-volume edition of the work.
Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders, the Golden Age, the Breakdown by Leszek Kołakowski
I can’t read this entire book since it’s a huge tome and deeply philosophical which isn’t my forte. Its Rise, Growth, and Dissolution”. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.
Print Hardcover and Paperback. Its Rise, Growth and Dissolution Volume 1: Thanks for telling us about the problem. With the God of kllakowski Christians under assault from all sides, here was a rational religion that could be embraced with the fervor of the true believer, all the while backed by the impressive edifice of evidentiary support generated by the towering intellect of Marx and the deft and nuanced calculations of Engels.
Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders, the Golden Age, the Breakdown
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 philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, one of the giants of twentieth-century intellectual history, comes this highly infuential study of Marxism.
Without rewriting the book – I would like to point out some crucial components of his thesis as best I can. 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.
Mar 06, Patrick Cook rated it it was amazing Shelves: The work was first published legally in Poland in Capitalism as it stands is a busted flush. In linear fashion, he takes us through the thoughts and background of the “founders”, then on to the “golden age” prior to the October Revolutionand finally to the “breakdown” as embodied by the most well known atrocities of communism carried out by the Bolsheviks and others flying the banner of Marx.
I remain suspicious of Kolakowski’s religious influences, but “Main Currents of Marxism” is a woefully-neglected masterpiece a magisterial work that’s clearly worth reading. And with it crumbles the whole edifice of Marxism like the removal of a angled stone from a Cuzco wall.
Sep 12, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: In the the first half of this volume, Leszwk shows the interesting diversity of the Marxist tradition during this period. Main Currents of Marxism: Furthermore, while most difficult for any who sympathizes with Trotsky, it is important to note that the Lev Davidovich of post had little in common with the man who presided of the Pretrograd Soviet in both and Karl Kautsky suffers a thousand blows here; so does Plekhanov, who feeds on a simplification of Marxism and popularizes it.
Main Currents of Marxism : The Founders – The Golden Age – The Breakdown
We can thus draw a clear line from the Paris Manuscripts of to Das Kapital. Rather surprisingly, he says nothing at all about Che Guevera’s concept of the ‘New Man’, nor anything on Fanon. An additional result is that many of his conclusions seems more general and sweeping than the prior discussion would justify. One would be hard pressed to separate the two as somehow counter-posed to one another after reading volume two.
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The Breakdown Oxford Paperbacks. Leszek Kolakowski, “Main Currents of Marxism”. There was a leszem yes, really back at the end of the s when Western economies seemed to be failing, when Brezhnev’s USSR seemed to winning foreign policy victories everywhere, and Marxism joined with Third World nationalism was desperately chic.
Yes a time when no self-respecting intellectual in Paris or London or Manhattan would’ve rejected Marx. Mateusz Piotrowski – – Kronos 3