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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Over This book did take a little effort, as well as quite a lot of time, to finish.

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I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? He reveals Marxism to be ‘the greatest fantasy of mqin century In his obituary, philosopher Roger Scruton said Kolakowski was a “thinker for our time” and that regarding Kolakowski’s debates with intellectual opponents, “even if Unfortunately, after he emigrated to the U.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Excellent book about Marxism. I could seriously recommend the first book and most of the second to more learned Marxists who want a detailed discussion of the development of Marx’s thought. Marxism brought about human depredation on a vast and almost unimaginable scale.

However, I can foresee more likely using it as a reference.

He now presents, for the first time in one paperback volume, his definitive Main Currents of Marxism: Sep 16, Steve Hart rated it it was amazing. The reviewer of the last edition put maun noted that the book is pages, but written by anyone else it would have been ten times as long.


Parkinson – – Philosophy 54 It is a tome to be digested slowly, and parts of it are fairly heavy going – I’ll be needing a break between books in order to let Kolakowski’s analysis settle – but it is indispensable for those who wish to know more about the intellectual structure and origins of one of the most important and influential political philosophies of the twentieth century.

This author seemed to have covered every possible thinker who influenced it.

Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders, the Golden Age, the Breakdown by Leszek KoĊ‚akowski

Trivia About Main Currents of Another Polish edition was published in the United Kingdom in by the publishing house Aneks.

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He starts with a chapter on the “Origins of Dialectic” – no doubt the most difficult chapter in the book! Falla is an English translator who has brought books over from many languages including French and Polish.

The writing is clear, lucid, but the content dense, and technical. Sep 26, Ted marked it as to-read Shelves: The work was first published legally in Poland in Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. That’s not quite fair.

The second part “Golden Age” focuses on the various interpretations of Marxism present in the late 19th century by people such as Karl Kautsky and Rosa Luxemburg, before settling on Lenin and describing the history of Marxist-Leninism and the Soviet state.


David Roberts – – Thesis Eleven 1: So I guess I need to give him the benefit of the doubt and read him with an open mind. A brilliant history of Marxism, from its founders through the disintegration of Marxist thought in the early s. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Leszek Kolakowski was to the study of Marxism what Gibbon was to the study of the Roman Empire, what Darwin was to the study of evolutionary biology, and what Einstein was to the study of general relativity.

Yes Marx is getting a second look here in an era of global economic meltdown, and that’s a good thing, if only as an antidote to the free-market triumphalist vapourings of the last generation.

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

I picked up this book in order to gain a better understanding of Marxism and its historical significance. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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. Kolakowski reviews and summarizes the history of Marxism with as much nuance and precision to detail as Chopin dealt with music in his piano concertos.

Not for the faint of heart. Instead, it is a laborious, meticulous, most detailed account of the economic, political, and philosophical system initiated in the halls of the Kolakoski Museum Reading Room by Karl Marx.