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From Neo-Marxism to Democratic Theory: Essays on the Critical Theory of Soviet-type Societies
     

From Neo-Marxism to Democratic Theory: Essays on the Critical Theory of Soviet-type Societies

by Andrew Arato
 

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The essays in this volume trace an intellectual odyssey, a search for a genuinely critical theory. The book begins with the question of why the Frankfurt School as well as other neo-Marxist and post-Marxist analysts,
both in the West and in dissident circles in the East, failed to produce a critical theory of Soviet socialism or to establish a dynamic relationship

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The essays in this volume trace an intellectual odyssey, a search for a genuinely critical theory. The book begins with the question of why the Frankfurt School as well as other neo-Marxist and post-Marxist analysts,
both in the West and in dissident circles in the East, failed to produce a critical theory of Soviet socialism or to establish a dynamic relationship with contemporary social movements. As the political struggle in Eastern
Europe intensified, the author of this book disengaged from his own efforts to reconstruct a critical Marxism. Instead, he attempts a reconstruction of democratic theory based on civil society rather than class categories, and with a critical relevance not only to the transition from state socialism but more generally to the universal goal of emancipation.

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Fourteen essays, written over a ten-year period, address issues of western Marxism and Soviet-type societies as well as the rise of civil society and democratic theory. Together, they represent a warning to East European societies against repetition of old mistakes and use of categories inherited from the Marxian tradition (especially class), as they develop the concept of a civil society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780873328821
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/31/1993
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
1660L (what's this?)

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