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 of Marxism was produced by a writer and thinker who was at the peak of his powers, and who generously maarxism his gifts to augment scholarship, philosophical studies, and historical analysis. Want to Read saving…. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

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Main Currents of Marxism

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This book did take a little effort, as well as quite a lot of time, to finish. In linear fashion, he takes us through the thoughts and background of the “founders”, then on to the “golden age” prior to the October Revolutionand finally to the “breakdown” as embodied by the most well mwrxism atrocities of communism carried out by the Bolsheviks and others flying the banner of Marx.

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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.

In a brilliant coda, he examines the collapse of international Communism in light of the last tumultuous decades. Journal of Economic Issues. Its three volumes in English are: One annoying example is his seemingly out-of-hand condemnation of most anti-Bolshevik movements in the Russian Revolution as hopeless utopianism, with minimal discussion of the actual programs of these movements.


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.

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

Although this isn’t exactly surprising – since Kolakowski is himself a philosopher – I picked kolakoowski this work out of an historical kopakowski in Marxism and found myself somewhat unprepared for its philosophical aspects.

Aside from the primary source documents He now presents, for the first time in one paperback volume, his definitive Main Currents of Marxism: I want to live fulfilled and for the humanity of the future to be able to live full and fulfilled lives. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

In the end, however, those who kolakoweki it through will be rewarded with extensive knowledge of the development of Marxism and the various forms it took in the golden age that followed its founders’ currengs and preceded the advent of Stalinism. 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.


Lists koalkowski This Book. Kolakowski was a Polish dissident and so gives a relatively neutral point of view. The second half of this volume is devoted to the pregnant subject of Russian Marxism. It deals with every major Marxist thinker, as well as articulating a detailed history of the theoretical lineage of Marxism.

Gerard Noonan rated it really liked it Mar 29, 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 suppressing human rights, to ask exactly what Marxism meant for individuals and societies.

Again, it would be hard to wrap of pages in a review of this format. James Satterwhite – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 8 1: Amin Read Edit View history. Every theistic Marxist in the world should educate themselves with Kolakowski’s works.

By maiin our website you agree to our use of cookies. Sign in Create an account. 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.

Its Origins, Growth and Dissolution Cover of the first edition of volume two. He quotes an extended passage from a major Soviet work about “Stalin, the great master of the sciences [ The Breakdown Oxford Paperbacks.

Hopefully it will not produce cynicism, but will certainly temper any sympathy for the crushing of the democratic spirit.