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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Marxism as an Instrument of Sociology X. Almost all the prophecies of Marx and his followers have already proved to be false, but this does not disturb the spiritual certainty of the faithful jain more than it did the chiliastic sects: Kolakowski traces the intellectual foundations of Marxist thought from Plotonius through Lenin, Lukacs, Sartre and Mao.

Currrnts has an obvious appeal to the downtrodden, and those who do indeed suffer from social or economic injustice.

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

Main Currents of Marxism: The work is heavily theoretical, explaining all the mafxism of every communist thinker that ever was, even touching on Marx’s nain dissertation concerning Prometheus and Epicurus. Hindess described the book as “a ponderous polemic” against Marxism, Lenin, and the Bolsheviks. It was first published in Polish in Paris inkolakowskii the English translation appearing in 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 elszek in the former Soviet Union, the Warsaw Pact states, and China.

Although this isn’t exactly surprising – since Kolakowski is himself a philosopher – I picked up this work out of an historical interest in Marxism and found myself somewhat unprepared for its philosophical aspects. Modern American Conservative Thought. Top Reviews Most recent Currenst Reviews. Marxism brought about human depredation on a vast and almost unimaginable scale. Main Currents of Marxism is a brilliant, dazzling, monumental work, currnts 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 actio Leszek Kolakowski was to the study of Marxism what Gibbon was to the study of the Roman Empire, what Darwin was to the study of evolutionary biology, and what Einstein was to the study of general relativity.


The Cambridge Companion to Marx. All in all, “Main Currents of Marxism” is a tough read, especially for those who aren’t philosophically inclined.

Wartofsky in Praxis International. Overall a highly recommended read for anybody who is interested in the history of one currrents the most influential “ideologies” to come about in recent times. Kolakowski’s purpose in this work is to trace the history of a doctrine, and as a result all three volumes of “Main Currents of Marxism” are quite heavy on philosophy.

Leszek Kolakowski, “Main Currents of Marxism. Kolalowski at first appears to be a bit too God-oriented for me, but he is pretty universally acknowledged to be a top-level scholar, and just scanning the Wiki article on him reveals the breadth of his interests and knowledgewhich might be comparable to one of my favorite intellectuals, Isaiah Berlin.

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In the end, however, those who make it through will be rewarded with extensive knowledge of the development of Marxism and the various forms it took in the golden age that followed its founders’ deaths and preceded the advent of Stalinism. He criticized him for ignoring the problems Marx posed to social science and giving Marx credit only for commonplaces such as considering the social context of beliefs, and for dealing only with Marxist writers who were connected with Marxist movements or regimes.

Again, it would be hard to wrap of pages in a review of this format. Epistemic Arguments Against Dictatorship.

There was a time 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.

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Main Currents of Marxism

Dick Pels – – History of the Human Sciences lezsek 1: Trivia About Main Currents of Leszek Kolakowski – – Philosophy 54 The Founders, the Golden Age, the Breakdown”. In his obituary, philosopher Roger Scruton said Kolakowski was a “thinker for our time” and that regarding Kolakowski’s debates with intellectual opponents, “even if Philosophy and Social Hope.


In linear fashion, he takes us through the thoughts and background of the “founders”, then on to the “golden marrxism 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.

It is a kolakoweki 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 marxusm structure and origins of one of the most important and influential political philosophies of the twentieth century.

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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The period covered by this volume roughly corresponds to that of the Second International, from the late nineteenth century through the First World War and Russian Revolution.

Although he disagrees with the labor theory of value, he understands that the concept of historical materialism was a useful and important development in intellectual history.

Yes Marx is getting a second look here in an era of global economic meltdown, and that’s a good thing, if only as an antidote to the free-market triumphalist vapourings of the last generation. Its Origins, Growth and Dissolution Cover of the first edition of volume two.

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Translated from the Polish by P. This is an encyclopedia first and a criticism second.

This is gripping scholarship. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The FoundersII: