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NCJ Number: 63438 Find in a Library
Title: HUMANISM AND TERROR - AN ESSAY ON THE COMMUNIST PROBLEM
Author(s): M MERLEAU-PONTY
Corporate Author: Beacon Press
United States of America
Date Published: 1969
Page Count: 237
Sponsoring Agency: Beacon Press
Boston, MA 02108-2892
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: QUESTIONS ARE RAISED ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN REVOLUTION AND VIOLENCE FROM A MARXIST VIEW AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF POSTWAR EUROPE AND THE FRENCH COMMUNIST PARTY.
Abstract: AN INFLUENTIAL FRENCH PHILOSOPHER HAS UNDERTAKEN A CRITICAL STUDY OF ARTHUR KOESTLER'S NOVEL, DARKNESS AT NOON, IN TERMS OF ITS POLITICAL AND MORAL LOGIC. THIS VOLUME SEEKS TO INTERPRET THEORETICAL MARXISM, THE HARDENING OF THEORETICAL MARXISM INTO DOGMA UNDER SOVIET COMMUNISM, AND THUS TO EXPLAIN THE TRANSITION FROM REVOLUTIONARY VIOLENCE TO MODERN (1947) COMMUNISM. IN THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF FRENCH LEFTISTS' REJECTION OF SOVIET COMMUNISM, AS WELL AS AMERICAN AND FRENCH CAPITALISM, THIS BOOK OFFERS A CREATIVE INTERPRETATION OF MARXIST THOUGHT. DISCUSSIONS ARE PRESENTED ON THE MOSCOW TRIALS OF THE 1930'S, TROTSKY'S VIEWS OF HISTORY, AND THE ORIGINS AND KINDS OF VIOLENCE NECESSARY TO HISTORY. A PROVISIONAL POLITICAL STRATEGY FOR UNDERSTANDING MARXISM IS SUGGESTED. FOOTNOTES ARE INCLUDED. (RFC)
Index Term(s): France; Marxism; Political influences; Political offenders; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Theory; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR); Violence
Note: TRANSLATED BY JOHN O'NEILL
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