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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873328821
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/31/1993
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile: 1660L (what's this?)

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