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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The general judgement on Marxism in this book is drawn from Dostoyevsky’s implied opinion on all of his straw liberals and nietzscheans; which is also discussed by the devil and an early Soviet bonze in the very beginning of the Master and Margarita and which also kolakowsmi shared by Solzhenytsin.

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

That’s not quite fair. From philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, one of the giants of twentieth-century intellectual history, comes this highly infuential study of Marxism. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

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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. He quotes an extended passage from a major Soviet work about “Stalin, the great master of the sciences [ 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.


And that is exactly right. The countless examples of not only Lenin, but also Trotsky celebrating the stifling and dismantling of democracy both outside and within the party are a tough but necessary read for any who believe that all was fine from ”23 and only went wrong with Stalin’s consolidation of power.

Distinguished Polish philosopher and historian of ideas. Leszek Kolakowski, a former professor of philosophy from Poland, began working on The Foundersthe first book of his omnibus Main Currents of Marxismafter being dismissed from the University of Warsaw inprior to his acclaimed academic career in England and the United ,arxism.

Kolakowski was a Polish dissident, a scholar of Marxism who became disenchanted with the socialist bloc. He reveals Marxism to be ‘the greatest fantasy of our century Its aim in describing the historical development of what we call Marxism from its earliest precursors to the New Left and the Currente School after the death of Stalin.

Sign in to use this feature. Leszek Kolakowski was the first recipient of the million-dollar John W. How to review a classic?

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I remain suspicious of Kolakowski’s religious influences, but “Main Currents of Marxism” is a woefully-neglected masterpiece a magisterial work that’s clearly worth reading. First and foremost, while not laying the blame for all that was done in his name at Marx’s feet, Koloakowski does as fantastic job of tracing the kernel of 20th century communism, and especially Leninism theory to the notion of “scientific socialism” which infused many with the deistic belief that they had found the magic potion of all of human history and that their aims and policies were that of historical necessity.

However, I can foresee more likely using it as a reference. The Founders, the Golden Age, the Breakdown”. The only thing to do is to start again. Its Origins, Growth and Dissolution Polish: My favorite line of his in this work which I here paraphrase is that Marxism can be compared to Christianity because of the multitude of interpretations derived from core beliefs of both ethical systems of thought.


The critique is not always incorrect, but ultimately, the project of Horkheimer et al. Mrxism could take a while.

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Print Hardcover and Paperback. This is not only because freedom is an intrinsic value requiring no justification beyond itself, but because without it societies are unable to reform themselves: Quotes from Main Currents of Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Blaug considered the book “brilliant” and important to the social sciences. Kolakowski presents you with the best summary of Marxist thought: While this is a book where skipping sections is justifiable, this is the book I’d probably recommend to anybody looking to understand Marxism.

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

No trivia or quizzes yet. Interesting introduction to marxims, but a bit heavy.

If I ever tackle this monumental work, it will be quite a task I’d be setting myself. It’s sometimes alleged that this book is a demolition job on Marxism. Sep 12, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: Hindess described the book as “a ponderous polemic” against Marxism, Lenin, and the Bolsheviks.

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. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation kolakodski not provide a proxy.

The work is heavily theoretical, explaining all the ideas of every communist thinker that ever was, even touching on Marx’s doctoral currentz 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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