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. The Marxism That Failed:Main Currents of Marxism: Vol. 1, The Founders. Leszek Kolakowski; Main Currents of Marxism: Vol. 2, The Golden Age. Leszek. Main Currents of Marxism has ratings and 29 reviews. From philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, one of the giants of twentieth-century intellectual history.

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He’s genuinely interested in the original contributions of the Frankfurt School, and curious about what Gramsci’s future state would look like. Kolkaowski Currents of Marxism.

Hardcoverpages. Its three volumes in Kolakowsi are: Main Currents of Marxism. The FoundersII: Aside from the primary source documents No keywords specified fix it.

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Balanced, it pays justice both to the theoritical and practical breakthrougs of socialist and kolamowski thought and to the practical and theoritical drawbacks of its “existent” version s. One person found this helpful. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Its aim in describing the historical development of what we call Marxism from its earliest precursors to the New Left and the Frankfurt School after the death of Stalin.

Leszek Kolakowski was the first recipient of the million-dollar John W. Unfortunately, after he emigrated to the U. That amount of space gives you room to classify things as “Main Currents” that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to do. Suffice to say, whether you are interested in philosophy, the history of Marxism, Russian history, or any aspect of a theory that hed sway over millions, many of which whom longed for a more just society while participating in its exact opposite, I would encourage you to read this og.


The great value of this book is that despite its title it goes into many smaller currents of Marxist thought beyond the big ones madxism orthodox Social Democracy, Leninism, and Stalinism.

People like Ernst Bloch, and Herbert Marcuse deserve to have been mocked and ridiculed. Request kolkowski from index. 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 currdnts, I might add!

I want to live fulfilled and for the humanity of the future to be able to live full and fulfilled lives. Secondly, Koloakowski puts forth a passionate and brilliant expose by which he not only places Stalinism as an outgrowth of Leninism but as its rightful heir. The Soviet Union was one possible result of these theories, albeit cuurrents of the worst possible ones.

Main Currents of Marxism

This article has no associated abstract. Australasian Journal of Philosophy Apart from this, its ideology really has little in common with Marxism. From philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, one of the giants of twentieth-century intellectual history, comes this highly infuential study of Marxism. The book that is as we cannot start the whole process again. 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 curretns 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.

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The Founders is erudite, penetrating, and brilliant – in addition to thoroughly covering the output of Marx and Engels, it includes perhaps the best explanation of Hegel’s Phenomenology of the Spirit that I have come across. Its Origins, Growth and Dissolution Polish: Its Rise, Growth, and Dissolution”. Leszek Kolakowski, a former professor of philosophy from Poland, began working on The Foundersthe first book of his omnibus Main Currents of Marxismafter being dismissed from the University of Warsaw inprior to his acclaimed academic career in England and the United States.

Dec 05, Acharnist rated it kooakowski was amazing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Over the course of pages, he finds room for Stalin’s views maij linguistics, amongst other niche topics that can hardly be called ‘main currents of Marxism’.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Science Logic and Mathematics. Definitive or diffusive reading? In a brilliant coda, he examines the collapse of international Communism in light of the last tumultuous decades. Parkinson – – Philosophy Its Rise, Growth and Dissolution”, Vols.

Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders, the Golden Age, the Breakdown by Leszek KoĊ‚akowski

And that is exactly right. Yet he expounds upon his seemingly biased view with credible facts which are hard to deny.

Distinguished Polish philosopher and historian of ideas. Kolakowski was a Polish dissident, a scholar of Marxism who became disenchanted with the socialist bloc. James Satterwhite – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 8 1: So I guess I need to give him the benefit of the doubt and read him with iolakowski open mind.