In Marx's Shadow: Knowledge, Power, and Intellectuals in by Costica Bradatan

By Costica Bradatan

Regardless of its key function within the highbrow shaping of nation socialism, Communist rules are frequently disregarded as mere propaganda or as a rhetorical workout geared toward advancing socialist intellectuals on their method to energy. by way of drawing recognition to unknown and unexplored components, tendencies and methods of pondering below socialism, the quantity examines japanese Europe and Russian histories of highbrow events encouraged - negatively in addition to absolutely - by way of Communist arguments and dogmas. via an interdisciplinary discussion, the gathering demonstrates how a variety of our bodies of theoretical wisdom (philosophical, social, political, aesthetic, even theological) have been used not just to justify dominant political beliefs, but in addition to border oppositional and nonofficial discourses and practices. The exam of the underlying buildings of Communism as an highbrow undertaking presents convincing proof for wondering a dominant procedure that often frames the post-Communist highbrow improvement as a _revival_ or, not less than, as a _return_ of the repressed highbrow traditions. because the ebook indicates, the good judgment of an intensive holiday, prompt via this technique, is in contradiction with historic proof: an important variety of philosophical, theoretical and ideological debates in post-Communist international are in reality the logical continuation of highbrow conversations and confrontations initiated lengthy prior to 1989.

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7. Sbornik statei v pamiat’ stoletiia Imperatorskoi Moskovskoi Dukhovnoi Akademii (Sergiev Posad, 1915), part 1, p. 153. Cited in A. I. Abramov, “Otsenka filosofii Platona v russkoi idealisticheskoi filosofii,” in Platon i ego epokha [Plato and His Epoch] (Moscow: Nauka, 1979), 222. 8. On the totalitarian implications of Platonism and its connection with Marxist philosophy, see Karl R. Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies (London and Henley: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1966). Comparisons of Marx and Plato are scattered throughout the book and can be followed in the index of subjects.

Such manipulation is the restriction of individual and collective freedom in the service of capital interests through the subjection of human creativity to the service of private enterprise. Nevertheless, manipulation preserves the formal freedom of choice, although it deforms the structure of needs. 17 These deformities can worsen over time, until whole sectors of need can no longer be articulated. It might be added that the Dictatorship over Needs was written, if not published, before the full implementation of Thatcherite economic policies in the United Kingdom or Reagan “trickledown” economics in the United States.

Ideas against Ideocracy 35 11. Thus, for Khoruzhii, the most authoritative source of Christian existentialism as opposed to Platonic idealism is Gregory Palamas (1296–1359), Orthodox monk, theologian, and intellectual leader of Hesychasm, an ascetical method of mystical prayer. ” 12. K. R. Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies, vol. 1, The Spell of Plato (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1966), 164. 13. E. V. Barabanov, “Russian Philosophy and the Crisis of Identity,” Russian Studies in Philosophy 31, no.

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