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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Parkinson – – Philosophy This is a book about the history of Marx How can I begin to review a book like this? If you read one book on the history of political philosophy, let it be this one. So far my conclusion is: If you want to understand philosophy better and the history of the twentieth century, then you must read Kolakowski. Its aim in describing the historical development of what we call Marxism from its earliest precursors to We are witnesses mrxism anticipators in momentous and complicated intellectual marxiwm moral processes, the combined effects of which cannot be foreseen.

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Request removal from index. He then gives an exposition of Marxist thought based on the writings of Marx and Engels. Sign in to use this feature. This book did take a little effort, as well as quite a lot of time, to finish.

Kolalowski at first appears to be a bit too God-oriented for me, but he is pretty universally acknowledged to be a top-level scholar, and just scanning the Wiki article on him reveals the breadth of his interests and knowledgewhich might be comparable to one of my favorite intellectuals, Isaiah Berlin.

Again, it would be hard to wrap of pages in a review of this format. Now it’s back in print and in one volume. Do not expect a happy tale, especially in the third volume.

Every theistic Marxist in the world should educate themselves with Kolakowski’s works. James Daly – – Philosophical Books 22 2: The only thing to do is to start again.

The American Historical Review. If you are a seller for this product, would maain like to suggest updates through seller support? Fordham University Quarterly 54 4: Almost all the prophecies of Marx and his followers have already proved to be false, but this does not disturb off spiritual certainty of the faithful any more than it did the chiliastic sects: Epistemic Arguments Against Dictatorship. 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.


Instead, it is a laborious, meticulous, most detailed account of the economic, political, and philosophical system initiated in the halls of the British Museum Reading Room by Karl Marx. Kolakowski brilliantly lays out the various “currents” of Marxism as they passed through generations of intellectuals.

Over the course of pages, he finds room for Stalin’s views on linguistics, amongst other niche topics that can hardly be called ‘main currents of Marxism’. Gerard Noonan rated it really liked it Mar 29, He is not wholly comprehensive, however. There are no kolkaowski to express my satisfaction for buying it!

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Sep 22, Roy Whitman rated it it was amazing. If you want to understand Marxism you should have this book in your room and combine it with the original works of the authors. That’s not quite fair. 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.

Elliott described the book as “comprehensive” and essential reading for any serious student of Marxism. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

In this sense Marxism performs the function of a religion, and its efficacy is of a religious character. How can I begin to review a book like this?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

Renowned philosopher Leszek Kolakowski was one of the first scholars to reveal both the shortcomings and the dangers posed by communist regimes. Karl Kautsky suffers a thousand blows here; so does Plekhanov, who feeds on a simplification of Marxism and popularizes it.


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.

Written in exile, this ‘prophetic work’ presents, according to the Library of Congress, ‘the most lucid and comprehensive history of the origins, structure, and posthumous development of the system of thought that had the greatest From philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, one of the giants of twentieth-century intellectual history, comes this highly infuential study of Marxism.

Each volume that Kolakowski disseminates has its place and its purpose. 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 States.

Best read by those with at least some elementary knowledge of ancient and modern Western philosophy.

Main Currents of Marxism: A brilliant history of Marxism, from its founders through the disintegration of Marxist thought in the early s.

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.

And with it crumbles the whole edifice of Marxism like the removal of a angled currwnts from a Cuzco wall. 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 I want to live fulfilled and for the humanity of the future to be able to live full and fulfilled lives. Not by chance characterised a life-time achivement of its author, Leszek Kolakowski. Kolakowski was a Polish dissident, a scholar of Marxism who became disenchanted with the socialist bloc.