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Dialectic Of Defeat: Contours Of Western Marxism

Observing that for both revolutionaries and capitalists, nothing succeeds like success, Russell Jacoby asks us to reexamine a loser of Marxism: the unorthodox Marxism of Western Europe

  • Dialectic Of Defeat: Contours Of Western Marxism available on October 14 2019 from Indigo for 35.95
  • Dialectic of Defeat: Contours of Western Marxism available on December 06 2015 from Amazon for 33.68
  • ISBN bar code 9780521520171 ξ2 registered June 26 2015
  • ISBN bar code 9780521520171 ξ1 registered December 01 2016
  • ISBN bar code 9780521520171 ξ3 registered December 06 2015
  • Product category is Book
  • Manufacturered by Cambridge University Press

  • # 978052152017

  • Product weight is 0.72 lbs.
The author begins with a polemical attack on ''conformist'' or orthodox Marxism, in which he includes structuralist schools. He argues that a cult of success and science drained this Marxism of its critical impulse and that the successes of the Russian and Chinese revolutions encouraged a mechanical and fruitless mimicry. He then turns to a Western alternative that neither succumbed to the spell of success nor obliterated the individual in the name of science. In the nineteenth century, this Western Marxism already diverged from Russian Marxism in its interpretation of Hegel and its evaluation of Engels'' orthodox Marxism. The author follows the evolution of this minority tradition and its opposition to authoritarian forms of political theory and practice.

    ^ Dialectic of Defeat : Contours of Western Marxism by Russell Jacoby (2002, Paperback) (revised Feb 2017)
    ^ Dialectic Of Defeat: Contours Of Western Marxism Indigo. (revised Oct 2019)
    ^ Dialectic of Defeat: Contours of Western Marxism, Cambridge University Press. Amazon. (revised Dec 2015)

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Russell Jacoby's Dialectic of Defeat is one of those books that is excellent in what it critiques but confused in what it advocates. A history of alternate traditions of "Western Marxism," particularly focusing on Left Communism and Marxist Humanism varieties, as well as a critique of the idea that "Victory makes right" in the Marxist-Leninist models, particularly of the Soviet Union. While his critique is strong, he particularly dissects Althusser's claims a..
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