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Marxism, History and Socialist Consciousness (PDF)

Marxism, History and Socialist Consciousness (PDF)

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This polemical essay defends the foundations of scientific socialism against pseudo-Marxist conceptions prevalent among various philosophical tendencies influenced by the Frankfurt School and contemporary neo-utopianism.

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This polemical essay defends the foundations of scientific socialism against pseudo-Marxist conceptions prevalent among various philosophical tendencies influenced by the Frankfurt School and contemporary neo-utopianism.

Among the topics covered are the significance of the philosophies of postmodernism and pragmatism, the implications of modern irrationalism's assault on the heritage of the Enlightenment, and the critical role of a historically-directed consciousness in the cognition and understanding of objective political reality. David North also offers perceptive evaluations of the works of such representative figures of neo-utopianism as Ernst Bloch, Hendrik de Man, and Wilhelm Reich.

This work is vital reading for those who wish to gain a deeper insight into the chasm separating Marxism and the various academically fashionable ideological trends.

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Author David North
Publisher Mehring Books
Publication Date 2007
Pages 152
Publication Type Pamphlet (PDF)
ISBN 978-1-893638-26-6
ChapterPage
1. Introduction 1
2. The International Committee and the World Socialist Web Site 3
3. The International Editorial Board and the perspectives of the ICFI 7
4. Dialectics, pragmatism and the theoretical work of the ICFI 16
5. How the ICFI has fought pragmatism 20
6. What is objectivism? 30
7. The New York City transit strike 40
8. The WSWS and "political exposures" 48
9. The 2004 Election 55
10. Marxism and the Enlightenment 61
11. The origins of the campaign for "Utopia" 69
12. Marx, Engels and utopianism 76
13. The idealist method of utopianism 84
14. Socialists and the masses 87
15. Consciousness and socialism 91
16. Brenner on the family and backwardness 96
17. Bernstein, science and utopianism 104
18. Neo-utopianism and the demoralization of the petty-bourgeois left 108
19. What did Daniel Guerin really write? 115
20. Wilhelm Reich's conception of socialist consciousness 121
21. Eros and Death 137
22. Objective conditions, science and history 139
Index 147

David North is the chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and lectures on questions relating to contemporary US and international politics, European and Soviet history, and the history of the Trotskyist movement, including The Crisis of American Democracy; Marxism, History and Socialist Consciousness; Leon Trotsky and the Post-Soviet School of Historical Falsification; and The Heritage We Defend

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