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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Sep 12, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: Critical Theory of the Contemporary I want to live fulfilled and for the humanity of the future to be able to live full and fulfilled lives. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Indeed, given the subject matter, his lucidity is remarkable. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. This is gripping scholarship. He then gives an exposition of Marxist thought based on the writings of Marx and Engels.

Might it be because we see capitalism as a failing system, and it’s failure is not just about the demise of a system, but it is the death bed of the human race itself in it’s constant demand for more and a blind chase to profit before everything, leading not only to the holocaust of humanity but the death of the Earth itself.

Aug 24, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Leszek is often outspoken and extravagant which makes his opinions somewhat Big realization: Among the book’s many virtues is covering in outline the history of several political movements, as a result of this connection. James Daly – – Philosophical Books 22 2: Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. That’s not quite fair.


It has an obvious appeal to the downtrodden, and those who do indeed suffer from social or economic injustice. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Towards the end Kolakowski performs an exegesis that postulates how the rather nebulous political underpinnings of Marxism would allow an adherent to steer the socialist ship towards a despotic berth; that its reliance on Hegelian dialectic and the negation of negations would allow future scholars to create their own symbiosis of the Marxist tenets, taking them in unanticipated – but entirely foreseeable – and disastrous directions.

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

Due to the huge amount of material that Kolakowski covers in this volume, he is often forced to skim over some of this material relatively quickly. Kolakowski was a Polish dissident and so gives a relatively neutral point of view.

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Philosophy in the Twentieth Century. Wartofsky in Praxis International.

Kolakowski covers some figures not thought of usually as part of the Marxist mainstream, such as Soral and Jean Jaures, lwszek well as illuminating discussions of the Revisionist and Austro-Marxist movements. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? So this can be used to throw poo on everyone who ever came in contact with Lukasz, too! 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.

Science Logic and Mathematics. Kolakowski was among the first thinkers to subject Marxism to a clear philosophical critique, to point out how easily calls for revolution became excuses for jain human rights, to ask exactly what Marxism meant for individuals and societies.


The work is heavily theoretical, explaining all the ideas of every communist thinker that ever was, even touching on Marx’s doctoral dissertation concerning Prometheus and Epicurus.

Jun 19, Rhesa rated it really liked it Shelves: This is also approximately the period of the Second International. Dick Pels – – History of the Human Sciences 11 1: 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.

Main Currents of Marxism: The Marxism That Failed: This is firmly a work on European Marxism, written by a European philosopher. Languages Polski Edit links.

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

Find it on Scholar. It was first published in Polish in Paris inwith the English translation appearing in There was currentss problem filtering reviews right now. Not for the faint of heart.

Main Currents of Marxism was produced by a writer and thinker who was at the peak of his powers, and who generously shared his gifts kolakowsik augment scholarship, philosophical studies, and historical analysis. Quotes from Main Currents of Capitalism as it stands is a busted flush. He also discusses Jean-Paul Sartre. Sep 13, Warfawek rated it liked it.

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