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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That amount of space gives you room to classify things as “Main Currents” that you otherwise wouldn’t be able or do. Leszek Kolkowski – Main Currents of Marxism: He now presents, for the first time in one paperback volume, his definitive Main Currents of Marxism: May 26, Zuri Linetsky rated it it was amazing.

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Please try again later. Leszek Kolakowski, “Main Currents of Marxism”. Its Rise, Growth and Dissolution Volume 3: Its Rise, Growth and Dissolution.

He speaks from the point of view of somebody who was once a committed Communist, but rarely with the frothing rage of an a true believer. Karl Kautsky suffers a thousand blows here; so does Plekhanov, who feeds on a simplification of Marxism and popularizes it.


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

But even today as the Soviet Union only exists in decommissioned submarines and toppled statues, the debates about Marxism still smolder and rankle, and a main difficulty is establishing any common basis for discussion.

The Golden Age; Vol. The Marxist historian G.

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. I literally expect to be a religious yet critical person by reading his works. But he doesn’t stint on detail.

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Open Preview See a Problem? The reviewer of the last mxin put out noted that the book is pages, but currenhs by anyone else it would have been ten times as long.

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 its founders through the disintegration of Marxist thought in the early s.


The Marxism That Failed: Kolakowski traces the intellectual foundations of Marxist thought from Plotonius through Lenin, Lukacs, Sartre and Mao. Its Origins, Growth and Dissolution Cover of the first edition of volume two.

However, I can foresee more likely using it as a reference. So why do we as left wingers and even liberals run around and tear ourselves apart? You should have a philosophical basis to read some parts of the book. Jun 10, sologdin rated it kolakkowski not like it Shelves: Yet he expounds upon his seemingly biased view with credible facts which are hard to deny.

Its Rise, Growth and Dissolution”, Vols. Jay described the book as “extraordinarily valuable” and “powerfully kolakkowski, “an awesome achievement of synthetic scholarship and critical analysis”, and a “monument of committed learning”.

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Published November 9th by W. The writing is clear, lucid, but the content dense, and technical. Marx’s work has omissions and points of contention, and it is in developing these that we can continue to understand the human condition. Jan 23, Mike rated it it was amazing Shelves: