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Dialectics of the Ideal
Evald Ilyenkov and Creative Soviet Marxism
Activity Theory and 'Creative' Soviet-Marxism are still overlocked by contemporary theorists. This volume is a correction to this tragic omission.
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 This volume features Levant’s translation of Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of the Ideal (2009), which remained unpublished until thirty years after the author’s tragic suicide in 1979, as well as additional reflections and context by contemporary scholars.

Other books Edited by Alex Levant and Vesa Oittinen

  • The Practical Essence of Man

    This book depicts in detail the rise and fall of a remarkable phenomenon in Soviet Marxism: ‘The Activity Approach.’