Marxist Philosophy: A Bibliographical Guide

Marxist Philosophy: A Bibliographical Guide

Marxist Philosophy: A Bibliographical Guide

Marxist Philosophy: A Bibliographical Guide

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A bibliography has only one conceivable justification: its usefulness. Even the prospect of producing something useful, however, would never have occasioned me to compile a bibliography of the philosophy of Marxism. My main interest is in the substance of philosophical problems; I gladly leave the collection of references and the sorting of cards to those whose native bent and special training enable them to excel at these activities.

When I began my study of the philosophical foundations of Marxism-Leninism, I hoped to find some book that would quickly guide me to the major expository and critical works on each of the topics I wished to examine. Within a short time it became painfully clear that no such book existed. The few bibliographies that were available proved to be woefully inadequate, either because their coverage was too narrow or because they contained too many biased judgments about the philosophical value of the books they reviewed. Without a map or compass I was cast upon the waves of those books and pamphlets that flood the darker corners of libraries.

This bibliographical guide is a by-product of my attempt to chart a course through these stormy depths (and too often, I am afraid, shallows). What led to its publication was not the languid hope of producing something useful but the recognition of an urgent need. If the information I have collected will help some scholar, student, or interested layman to obtain the literature he needs without confusing hours in the stacks, my long weeks with The Journal of Philosophy and with more issues of The Labour Monthly than I care to recall will not have been spent in vain.

This is a bibliographical guide to the philosophy of Marxism. The phrase "Marxist philosophy" is here taken in a wide sense. It is taken as the name of the group of theories that is usually . . .

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