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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Almost all the prophecies of Marx and his followers have already proved to be false, but this does not disturb the spiritual certainty of the faithful any more than it did the chiliastic sects: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Retrieved 5 August One mqrxism found this helpful. The first volume, ‘The Founders’, discusses the trends in philosophical history which led to Marx and the development of his own thought. Adler described the book as an unprecedented and “largely unsurpassed” critical study of Marxism. Sep 16, Steve Hart rated it it was amazing.

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The Breakdown Book “. But Kolakowski reminds us of what Marxism became in the 20th-century and cjrrents easily what began as a call for justice became a system that destroyed tens of millions of lives and left eastern Europe and Russia in economic ruins.

The Breakdown Oxford Paperbacks. One minor figure which I should point out is Rudolf Hilferding, an Austrian who developed the first theories of ‘finance capitalization’, which posited the financial sector e.

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This books is encyclopedic in the volume of information it conveys, and yet it strings it all together so that you’re following more or less chronologically, enriching each period as you go with greater and greater knowledge of all the key players. It deals with every major Marxist thinker, as well as articulating a detailed history of the theoretical lineage of Marxism. 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.


This book summaries the antecedents, expressions of Marxism and Marxist thought in every variation imaginable, and they were legion. This is more a philosophical work than a history book about marxism. Balanced, it pays justice both to the theoritical and practical breakthrougs of socialist and communist thought and to the practical and theoritical drawbacks of its “existent” version s. He then gives an exposition of Marxist thought based on the writings of Ucrrents and Engels.

Interview with Leszek Kolakowski: Leszek Kolkowski – Parkinson – – Philosophy The great value of this book is that despite its title it goes into many smaller currents of Marxist thought beyond the big kolakowsik of orthodox Social Democracy, Leninism, and Stalinism.

Leszek Kolakowski, “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.

Dick Pels – – History of the Human Sciences 11 1: Sign in to use this feature. Socialism and Marxism in Social and Political Philosophy categorize this paper. Main Currents of Marxism xurrents the indispensable book in its field. Eric Litwack – – Human Affairs 21 1: This article has no associated abstract. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

Main Currents of Marxism. Its Rise, Growth and Dissolution Volume 1: 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.

I, The Founders; Vol. 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 known atrocities of communism carried out by the Bolsheviks and others flying the banner of Marx. There was a time yes, really back at the end of the s when Western economies seemed to be failing, when Brezhnev’s USSR seemed to winning foreign policy victories everywhere, and Marxism joined with Third World nationalism was desperately chic.


How can I begin to review a book like this? See all 21 reviews. Its Rise, Growth, and Dissolution”.

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

It was first published in Polish in Paris inwith the English translation appearing in A must read for anyone studying the twentieth century. Lev Trotsky, the marriage between Marxism-Leninsm-Stalinism. Gray, John August Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Open Preview See a Problem? Leszek Kolakowski – – Philosophy 54 After reading this marxisj, it is unavoidable to come to the conclusion that Marxism fails ultimately because of the frailties of human nature.

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.

I literally expect to be a religious yet critical person by reading his works.

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Jay described the book as “extraordinarily valuable” and marxiam written”, “an awesome achievement of synthetic scholarship and critical analysis”, and a “monument of committed learning”.