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[Xmca-l] Re: Review: From the History of Soviet Philosophy:Lukács - Vygotsky - Ilyenkov
looks interesting, Annalisa. Thanks.
On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 9:58 PM, Annalisa Aguilar <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hi Esteemed Xmcars,
> I spied this in my notifications on Academia.edu and thought you might
> want to take a gander. It's by Alex Levant.
> Here is the Abstract:
> This review-essay explores the subterranean tradition of 'creative Soviet
> Marxism' through a recent book by the Russian philosopher Sergey Mareev,
> From the History of Soviet Philosophy:Lukács - Vygotsky - Ilyenkov (2008).
> It provides a brief overview of the history of Soviet philosophy so as to
> orient the reader to a set of debates that continue to be largely
> unexplored in the Western-Marxist tradition. Mareev o?ers a new account of
> the development of Soviet philosophy that not only explodes the myth that
> Soviet philosophy was simply state-sanctioned dogma, butalso reinterprets
> the relationship between the key creative theorists so as to o?er a new way
> of understanding its development that challenges several key-aspects of the
> dominant Westernscholarship on this subject. He argues that alongside
> o?cial Marxist philosophy in the SovietUnion - the crude materialism of
> Diamat and Istmat - there existed another line, whichcounterposed the
> central rôle of social activity in the development of human consciousness.
> Hetraces this line of anti-positivist theory from V.I. Lenin through Georg
> Lukács and Lev Vygotsky to Evald Ilyenkov - a pivotal ?gure in the 'Marxian
> renaissance' of the 1960s, but who 'has tothis day remained a Soviet
> phenomenon without much international in?uence'. Speci?cally,Mareev
> disputes the rôle of A.M. Deborin as a precursor of the Ilyenkov school,
> and insteadintroduces Georg Lukács - a ?gure primarily recognised in the
> West as one of the founders of Western Marxism - into the line of
> development of creative Soviet Marxism. Furthermore, hereconsiders the rôle
> of V.I. Lenin and G.V. Plekhanov - the so-called father of Russian
> socialdemocracy - in the development of Soviet philosophy. In the process,
> the author provides adetailed history of the emergence of Diamat and
> Istmat, and shines a spotlight on a ?gure widely recognised as the most
> important Soviet philosopher in the post-Stalin period - E.V. Ilyenkov.
> Kind regards,
It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an object
that creates history. Ernst Boesch.