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Western Marxism. How it was born, how it died and how it can rise again

Western Marxism. How it was born, how it died and how it can rise again
Western Marxism. How it was born, how it died and how it can rise again
Edition: 20172
Series: SL [203]
ISBN: 9788858127476
Subject area: Political and economic current affairs, Twentieth century philosophy: history and essays
  • Pages: 220
  • Cost: 20,00 Euro

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Western Marxism was afflicted by a sort of myopia: it didn’t realize that the wind of the revolution was 

blowing  from Russia to China and the Third World, joining with the national revolutions against Western imperialism

There was a time when Marxism was an obligatory point of reference for any philosophical and political debate: those years saw the biggest victories for ‘Western Marxism’, which presented itself in stark contrast to its Eastern counterpart, accused of being a state ideology that propped up ‘Socialist’ regimes in Eastern Europe and Asia. Although at first the October revolution was viewed with hope, 20th century Communism contributed to the disintegration of the global colonial complex rather than creating a radically new social system. An extraordinary result that Western Marxism failed adequately to understand or appreciate. Hence its crisis and collapse. If it is to be revived, it must examine the anticolonial revolution and answer three key questions: What has the global anticolonial uprising meant in terms of freedom and emancipation? How is the clash between colonialism and anticolonialism played out today? What relationship was there between the anticolonial and anticapitalist struggles? 

Losurdo puts these questions to the great authors of the 20th century – Bloch, Lukács, Adorno e Foucault – and of today – Agamben, Badiou and Žižek – in a heated debate that combines historical reconstruction and philosophical enquiry.

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G. Cantarano su: Avvenire (21/06/2017)

Losurdo e il marxismo occidentale, diagnosi che non convince

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S. Petrucciani su: Il Manifesto (05/05/2017)

La rivoluzione venuta da Oriente

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C. Gallo su: La Stampa (04/05/2017)

Quando il sol dell'avvenire era soltanto per i bianchi

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