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By Alex Levant, Vesa Oittinen

In Dialectics of the suitable: Evald Ilyenkov and inventive Soviet Marxism Levant and Oittinen offer a window into the subterranean culture of ‘creative’ Soviet Marxism, which built at the margins of the Soviet academe and is still mostly open air the orbit of latest idea within the West. along with his ‘activity approach’, E.V. Ilyenkov, its significant determine within the post-Stalin interval, makes a considerable contribution towards an anti-reductionist Marxist concept of the subject.

This hugely unique technique may be of curiosity to theorists who search to prevent fiscal and cultural reductionism in addition to the malaise of postmodern relativism. This quantity beneficial properties Levant’s translation of Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of the precise (2009), which remained unpublished till thirty years after the author’s tragic suicide in 1979, in addition to extra reflections and context by means of modern students.

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8. Subsequently, he spoke out against the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968; Tolstykh 2008, p. 8.  Levant 2008, p. 37; Tolsykh 2008, p. 8; Bakhurst 1991, p. 8.  Ilyenkov 2009, pp. 25–6. 66 In this way, Ilyenkov mobilises Lenin against those who claim to take up the mantle of Leninism in Soviet philosophy. Using Lenin’s authority against one’s intellectual opponents is not new in the history of the Soviet philosophy. 67 Similarly, the Diamatchiki used Lenin’s Materialism and Empirio-Criticism in their battle against the Deborinites.

Ilyenkov’s proper context in the development of Soviet Marxism continues to be a subject of debate. The role of Deborin and Lukács is contested,60 as is the role of Lenin. Ilyenkov considered himself a Leninist, although his ‘Leninism’ may confuse the Western reader who might associate Leninism with the notion of the vanguard party. 62 His self-understanding as a Leninist can be observed in the way he mobilises Lenin in support of his concept of the ideal. In Dialectics of the Ideal, Lenin appears primarily as a critic of crude materialism.

88 There have been several attempts to place Ilyenkov in conversation with Western Marxist thought, and some work has been done in recent years to facilitate this process. The earliest was a failed attempt in the early 1960s – the so-called ‘Italian Affair’89 – which reveals an interesting point of contact with the Della Volpe School. Bakhurst’s Consciousness and Revolution in Soviet Philosophy remains the only major book on Ilyenkov in English. In 1999, on the twentieth anniversary of his death, a symposium was held in Helsinki, the proceedings of which were published in 2000 in Evald Ilyenkov’s Philosophy Revisited (edited by Oittinen).

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