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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The Best Books of Kolakowski was a Polish dissident and so gives a relatively neutral point of view. O’Brienwho reviewed the original English edition, and the second from Francisca Goldsmith, who reviewed the one-volume edition of the work. Indeed, capitalism itself was deemed a crucial and irreplaceable component of 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.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Mar 06, Patrick Cook rated it it was amazing Shelves: No one can be certain whether our civilisation will be able to cope with the ecological, demographic and spiritual dangers it has caused or whether it will fall victim to catastrophe. 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.

He explains how Marx threw himself into the intense debates over fate and human history. All in all, “Main Currents of Marxism” is a tough read, especially for those who aren’t philosophically inclined.


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I don’t know how common this is, but if possible kokakowski may be a good idea to make sure those pages are there before purchasing. Elliott described the book as “comprehensive” and essential reading for any serious student of Marxism. Unfortunately, after he emigrated to the U. This is also approximately the period of the Second International.

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 xurrents a Marxist revisionist. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Thinkers of the New Left.

Looking for beautiful books? Kolakowski traces the intellectual foundations of Marxist thought from Plotonius through Lenin, Lukacs, Sartre and Mao. What I have read was extremely well written and interesting. It is a scholarly worked, well researched and explained in depth.

He then gives an exposition of Marxist thought based on the writings of Marx and Engels. Views Read Edit View history. Kolakowski brilliantly lays out the various “currents” of Marxism as they passed through generations of intellectuals. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Main Currents of Marxism

Over the course of pages, he finds leszeek for Stalin’s views on linguistics, amongst other niche topics that can hardly be called ‘main currents of Marxis. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sep 12, DoctorM rated it really kolakowki it Shelves: He reveals Marxism to be ‘the greatest fantasy of our century Main Currents of Marxism: Another Polish edition was published in the United Kingdom in by the publishing house Aneks.

It does much very well, but it is also man to consider the book’s shortcomings. They tried to mar Adorno by association since there is no compromising enough phrasing that’s not commonplace on Adorno in this book, but on Lukasz he’s being extremely mean. Main Currents of Marxism remains the indispensable book in its field. Kolakowski’s purpose in this work is to trace the history of a doctrine, and as a result all three volumes of “Main Currents of Marxism” are quite heavy on philosophy.


It made for tough and occasionally frustrating reading for me, since I don’t have an extensive background in philosophy.

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

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.

Its Origins, Growth and Dissolution Cover of the first edition of volume two.

Book ratings by Goodreads. If I ever tackle kolakoswki monumental work, it will be quite a task I’d be setting myself. Mateusz Piotrowski – – Kronos 3 Lists with Jarxism Book. Sign in to use this feature. Kolakowski describes this as the “Golden Age” of Marxist thought, a period kplakowski by a diversity of Marxist thinkers and continued interaction of Marxists with other intellectual traditions.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. This includes both a variety of interpretations of Marx and also the interaction of Marxism with other philosophical traditions, such as the Kantian revival of the late 19th century. Return to Book Page. Main Currents of Marxism: In his Jefferson Lecture, he asserted that “We learn history not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know who we are.

How can I begin to review a book like this? Quotes from Main Currents of