Marxism, History and Socialist Consciousness
By David North
This polemical essay defends the foundations of scientific socialism against pseudo-Marxist conceptions influenced by the Frankfurt School and contemporary neo-utopianism. Among the topics covered are the significance of the philosophies of postmodernism and pragmatism, the implications of modern irrationalism's assault on the heritage of the Enlightenment, and the critical role of a historically-directed consciousness in the cognition and understanding of objective political reality. David North also offers perceptive evaluations of the works of such representative figures of neo-utopianism as Ernst Bloch, Hendrik de Man, and Wilhelm Reich.
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A comment on The Cambridge Companion to Hegel and Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
By Alexander Fangmann, November 5, 2009
Last year saw the publication of The Cambridge Companion to Hegel and Nineteenth-Century Philosophy. The volumes of the Cambridge Companion series contain collections of essays by scholars working on a particular philosopher or subject area.
A review of Marx After Marxism: The Philosophy of Karl Marx by Tom Rockmore
By David North, May 2, 2006
A two-part review of a recent attack on Marxism by Tom Rockmore, philosophy professor at the Duquesne University in Pennsylvania. This is part one.
By Joe Kay, March 15, 2007
In his new book, Dawkins has done us a service, if only in making more acceptable the general proposition that religion and science are at odds with each other, and that it is science that should win out.
By Tom Carter, April 17, 2006
Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography, by Joachim Garff, translated by Bruce H. Kirmmse. 867 pages, Princeton University Press, $35
Jonathan Israel, Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750 Oxford University Press
I last reviewed Jonathan Israel’s Radical Enlightenment on this site in 2001 just after it came out in hardback. Why return to it now? The bookitself would justify another review since it is a large and rich work that delves deeply into early Enlightenment history and repays reading and rereading.
By Ann Talbot, August 7, 2001
To talk favourably of the Enlightenment has become something of a taboo in recent years. Some writers deny its existence, while others present it as a reactionary development. It is therefore refreshing to find a serious treatment of the intellectual trends of the late 17th and early 18th century that is not afraid to identify the Enlightenment as a progressive movement, which is associated with the rise of rational thought and a belief in equality and democracy.
God, Locke and Equality by Jeremy Waldron
By Ann Talbot, June 16, 2003
Professor Jeremy Waldron’s latest book is an examination of the theory of equality put forward by the seventeenth century English philosopher John Locke. This is a subject that is highly relevant today as the widening social gulf between the super rich and the rest of the population increasingly undermines the political institutions that have been based on the maintenance of at least a measure of social and economic equality.
By Stefan Steinberg, July 1, 2000
Intellectual Impostures should be read by all those who have an interest in modern ideological trends, in particular, the various somewhat nebulous schools of thought included under the hybrid term “postmodernism”.
December 4, 2000
We received the following letter on the article “The post-modernist wonderland: Intellectual Impostures by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont”
One hundred years since the death of Friedrich Nietzsche: a review of his ideas and influence—Part 1
By Stefan Steinberg, October 20, 2000
A three-part series examining the life, philosophy, and influence of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
Part 1: The Record
By Alex Steiner, April 3, 2000
A three-part series on the life and work of twentieth century German philosopher Martin Heidegger.
Part 2: The Cover-up
Part 3: History, Philosophy and Mythology
April 15, 2000
The following letter was received in response to the series "The Case of Martin Heidegger, Philosopher and Nazi," which appeared on the WSWS April 3-5.
The End of Science, Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific Age by John Horgan, Little Brown and Company, 1996
By Chris Talbot, May 18, 1999
John Horgan is a science journalist who writes for Scientific American. His book's main significance is Horgan's attack on science from a postmodernist standpoint. It is symptomatic of an anti-science trend which has emerged in the last decade or so.