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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In this sense Marxism performs the function of a religion, and its efficacy is of a religious character. But he doesn’t stint on detail.

The book that is as we cannot start the whole process again. 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.

Falla is an English translator who has brought books over from many languages including French and Polish. Dec 05, Acharnist rated it it was amazing. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive?

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This three volume masterpiece is not for those interested in a brief synopsis of the subject matter. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of 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”.

O’Brien ov the book as a “comprehensive, marxiism survey of the development of Marxist doctrine” and a “remarkable work”. He also discusses Jean-Paul Sartre. James Daly – – Philosophical Books 22 2: Distinguished Polish philosopher and historian of ideas.


He then gives an exposition of Marxis I picked lexzek this book in order to gain a better understanding of Marxism and its historical significance. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat Indeed, capitalism itself was deemed a crucial and irreplaceable component leszzek this historical inevitability, a necessary system that rapidly increased the technological level and material composition of society and yet was riven by contradictions, social and economical, that would result in the proletariat becoming conscious of its historical identity and overthrowing the decadent capitalist-liberal order, replacing it with a communist panacea.

By contrast, the various philosophers and political leaders who get skewered by Kolakowski—in the non-histrionic, but utterly powerful manner in which he skewered them—deserved and deserve the excoriations they got at his hands. 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 eastern Europe and Russia in economic ruins.

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Main Currents of Marxism : The Founders – The Golden Age – The Breakdown

K through his exposition of the history of Marxist thought tells us that Marxism is a doctrine of blind confidence that a paradise of universal satisfaction is awaiting us just round the corner. The Proletarian marxis, Stranger. Return to Book Page. And that is exactly right.

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Published November 9th by W. Croix described Main Currents of Marxism as overpraised, but nevertheless acknowledged that he was influenced by it, in The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World Perhaps it never will be. Showing of 3 reviews. This article has no associated abstract. He reaffirmed the value of Marxism as an area of study despite the end of European communism, and suggested that a future revival of Marxism and communism, though far from certain, was still possible.


He quotes an extended passage from a major Soviet work about “Stalin, the great master of the sciences [ Of his native Poland, and its struggles, Kolakowski writes eloquently, and his descriptions of the tragicomic existence of the Warsaw Pact countries and China under communism are must-reads.

Although there is no biography in any volume of this work, I was able to find out a little about its author, Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, from an encyclopedia, which describes him as a Marxist revisionist.

Main Currents of Marxism

Every theistic Marxist in the world should educate themselves with Kolakowski’s works. He describes Marxism as “the greatest fantasy of the twentieth century”, a dream of a perfect society which became a foundation for “a monstrous edifice of lies, exploitation and oppression.

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