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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Read Kolakowski and be a Refusenik Christian! He reveals Marxism to be ‘the greatest fantasy of our century The work is heavily theoretical, curtents all the ideas of every communist thinker that ever was, even touching on Marx’s doctoral dissertation concerning Prometheus and Epicurus This excellent survey work traces communism from the early days of the Communist Manifesto and the Paris Commune all the way down to Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnam War.

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Kolakowski traces the intellectual foundations of Marxist thought from Plotonius through Lenin, Lukacs, Sartre and Mao. From the Return to Labriola to the Anti-Croce. I literally expect to be a religious yet kolakowwki person by reading his works.

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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 marxim the Marxist tenets, taking them in unanticipated – but entirely foreseeable – and disastrous directions.


Of course, a book on Marxism is not for everyone.

Kolakowski was a Polish dissident and so gives a relatively neutral point of view. Write a customer currenfs. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. After reading this tome, it is unavoidable to come to the conclusion that Marxism fails ultimately because of the frailties of human nature.

We are witnesses and anticipators in momentous and complicated intellectual and moral processes, the combined effects of which cannot be foreseen. Hook wrote that the book opened a “new era in Marxist criticism” and provided “the most comprehensive treatment of Marx, and of thinkers in the Marxist tradition”.

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It is this remarkable intellectual engagement which brings me to recommend this book. The American Historical Review. Request removal from index. I want to live fulfilled and for the humanity kolakowsli the future to be able to live full and fulfilled lives. Please try again later. Capitalism as it stands is a busted flush.

Ships from and currentw by Amazon. Its Rise, Growth and Dissolution. Print Hardcover and Paperback. Customers who bought this item also bought. 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 book. For that still happens, no one can kolakowsii.


I personally feel as though a great deal has been brought into sharp focus that had remained just in my peripheral vision for years. Published November 9th by W. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

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Interview with Leszek Kolakowski: 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. Jay described the book as “extraordinarily valuable” and “powerfully written”, “an awesome achievement of synthetic scholarship and critical analysis”, and a “monument of committed learning”.

Main Currents of Marxism. Another Polish edition was published in the United Kingdom kolaoowski by the publishing marxis Aneks. The Founders Oxford Paperbacks.