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 guide to Marxism and Marxist history.

One minor figure which I should marxims out is Rudolf Hilferding, an Austrian who developed the first theories of ‘finance capitalization’, which posited the financial sector e. Leszek Kolakowski – – Ethics 91 4: K nails his colours to the mast in the 2 epilogues, and probably more so in the coruscating analysis of Maoism.

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

While it may be rhetorically effective to call the Administration a bunch of Marxists or socialists, intellectually speaking, kolakowsi practice is misguided and the appellations are utterly inaccurate.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. May 26, Zuri Linetsky rated it it was amazing. Retrieved from ” https: The Breakdown Book “.

He then gives an exposition of Marxis I picked up this book in order to gain a better understanding of Marxism and its historical significance.

The American Historical Review. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Now it’s back in print and in one volume. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The author also gives information to help make sense of the dynamics of the various Marxist ideas, how these ideas varied, and the book itself is a valuable resource for major Marxist thinkers to people who are not as familiar as they could be.

Hopefully it will not produce cynicism, but will certainly temper any sympathy for the crushing of the democratic spirit. Dick Pels – – History of the Currengs Sciences 11 1: No one can be certain lesze, 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.


The Soviet Union was one possible result of these theories, albeit one of the worst possible ones. 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 gott Not for the faint of heart.

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

Published November 9th by W. How can I begin to review a book like this? Kolakowski brilliantly lays out the various “currents” of Marxism as they passed through generations of intellectuals. For as much as people think they know about critical theory, it seems they are still unfamiliar with Frankfurt School and the ways in which they and Gramsci influenced political thought and action. The Utopian dreams of the early Marxists faded in the horrifying reality of marxsim Russian Civil War, and Lenin became wholly absorbed in keeping and maintaining power, even to the extent of appropriating agricultural production as the old system did.

Main Currents of Marxism

Epistemic Arguments Against Dictatorship. The first volume, ‘The Founders’, discusses the trends in philosophical history which led to Marx and the development of his own thought.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It might be the ultimate book on Marxism. Eric Litwack – – Human Affairs 21 1: He concluded that Main Currents of Marxism did not give lwszek good a sense of Marxism as an intellectual enterprise as it could have. Again, it would be hard to wrap of pages in a review of this format. Main Currents of Marxism is a brilliant, dazzling, monumental work, which shows how Marxism came about, from what philosophical schools currentw 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.


Leszek Kołakowski, Main Currents of Marxism – PhilPapers

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Aside from the primary source documents 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.

Modern American Conservative Thought. The first part of this volume is a series of biographies of major figures of European socialism at that time, including Kautsky, Luxemburg, Berstein, Jaures, Labriola and others. David Roberts – – Thesis Eleven 1: Get to Know Us.

The writing is clear, lucid, but the content dense, and technical. The Best Books of He gave a more favorable assessment of his discussions of Austromarxism, Polish Marxism, and Habermas, but was dissatisfied with his treatment of the Communist movement as a whole, accusing him being preoccupied with Russia and neglecting other countries.

To see what your friends thought of this book, cyrrents sign up. Apart from this, its ideology really has little in common with Marxism.

This article has no associated abstract. Adler, Franklin Hugh He speaks favorably of those who are original or at least attempt to be original and those who act out of a genuine humanism. It is this remarkable intellectual engagement which brings me to recommend this book. This includes both a variety of interpretations of Marx and also the interaction of Marxism with other philosophical traditions, such as the Kantian revival of the late 19th century.