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“Dialectics of the Ideal. Evald Ilyenkov and Creative Soviet Marxism”: Vesa Oittinen, Alex Levant

51S39xFcdVL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_In Dialectics of the Ideal: Evald Ilyenkov and Creative Soviet Marxism Levant and Oittinen provide a window into the subterranean tradition of ‘creative’ Soviet Marxism, which developed on the margins of the Soviet academe and remains largely outside the orbit of contemporary theory in the West. With his ‘activity approach’, E.V. Ilyenkov, its principal figure in the post-Stalin period, makes a substantial contribution toward an anti-reductionist Marxist theory of the subject.

This highly original approach should be of interest to theorists who seek to avoid economic and cultural reductionism as well as the malaise of postmodern relativism. This volume features Levant’s translation of Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of the Ideal (2009), which remained unpublished until thirty years after the author’s tragic suicide in 1979, as well as additional reflections and context by contemporary scholars.

About the authors:

Vesa Oittinen, Ph. D., born in 1951, is Professor at the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki. His research focuses on the history of modern philosophy, especially German, Scandinavian, and Russian philosophy. Forthcoming publications include books on Evald Ilyenkov and on the so-called Activity Approach in Soviet philosophy, both with Historical Materialism

Alex Levant, Ph.D. (Social and Political Thought – York University), M.A. (Theory, Culture, Politics – Trent University), B.A. (English Literature and Film Studies – Wilfrid Laurier University). His areas of research include critical media theory, political economy of communication, cultural studies, globalization, social movements, and critical ‘race’ theory, among others.

Se puede adquirir el libro en Haymarket Books.

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