Marxist Humanism and Praxis

Marxist Humanism and Praxis

Marxist Humanism and Praxis

Marxist Humanism and Praxis

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This volume presents a collection of essays by the principal members of a group of Yugoslav philosophers who have perhaps become best known in the international context by the name of their now defunct journal, Praxis. As philosophers, they have made vital contributions to the theory of Marxist humanism, provoking widespread debate about the essential humanist dimension of Marx's thought, the points of convergence and divergence of Marxism with other philosophical persuasions, and the nature of philosophical discourse. As members of their own society, they have drawn attention to the extent to which "official" Marxism, as represented by the regime's ideology, has been divested of its humanist thrust and critical cutting edge through association with the institutions of social power, and for this many of them have had to pay dearly. Though widely respected in the world philosophical community, in Yugoslavia several members of the Praxis group are barred from teaching, making public appearances, publishing, or responding to scurrilous attacks in the press; their journal Praxis, once a lively Yugoslav and international forum for discussion of the issues of Marxist humanism and of the ambitious Yugoslav experiment in workers' self‐ management, has been silenced. While the repression of the Praxis group may not be the most serious instance of intellectual persecution in . . .

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