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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Dec 28, Szplug rated it it was amazing. This includes both a variety of interpretations of Marx and kolakkowski the interaction of Marxism with other philosophical traditions, such as the Kantian revival of the late 19th century.

Main Currents of Marxism

Without rewriting the book – I would like to point out some crucial components of his thesis as best I can. Jun 19, Rhesa rated it really liked it Shelves: The writing is clear, lucid, but the content dense, and technical. Marxism as a Soteriology VI. 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.

This relative freedom of interpretation was one of the chief features of this period in the development of the Marxist doctrine, which was kolakowki lost with the development of Stalinism.

It might lfszek the ultimate book on Marxism. I will also note that I have attempted to read this work several times over the last 30 years or so, and haven’t succeded in completing all or so pages, but I’ve gotten farther along in my current assault than ever before. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.


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But then perhaps anyone starting a book that begins leeszek Marx was a German philosopher’ should know what to expect. Even after ‘de-Stalinization’, he still condemns the Soviet Union as an ‘oligarchic totalitarianism’, although at least one which doesn’t force even biology and genetics to obey Stalin’s will.

He covers Maoism at the very end whilst admitting that he is here out of his field of expertise.

He concluded that Main Currents of Marxism did not give as good a sense of Marxism as an intellectual enterprise as it could have. Its Origins, Growth kolakkwski Dissolution Polish: And I don’t think anyone, including diehard Communists, would now quarrel with his characterization of Stalinism as intellectually vapid.

Its aim in describing the historical development of what we call Marxism from its earliest precursors to We are witnesses and anticipators in momentous and complicated intellectual and moral processes, the combined effects of which cannot be foreseen. James Daly – – Philosophical Books 22 2: Another Currente edition was published in the United Kingdom in by the publishing house Aneks. Thinkers of the New Left.

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From philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, one of the giants of twentieth-century intellectual history, comes this highly infuential study of Marxism. 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. I am not exaggerating when I state that this may very well be one of the best books I have ever read. The Marxist historian G.

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Plekhanov and the Codification of Marxism XV. I was not disappointed.

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

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.

The Fortunes of Leninism: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Its Origin, Growth, and Dissolution,” which currrnts completed in the s. Adler described the leszei as an unprecedented and “largely unsurpassed” critical study of Marxism. Translated from the Polish by P. Trivia About Main Currents of Although he disagrees with the labor theory of value, maiin understands that the concept of historical materialism was a useful and important development in intellectual history.

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.

So far my conclusion is: