Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

E.V. Ilyenkov and Creative Soviet Marxism: Introduction to Dialectics of the Ideal

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Dialectics of the Ideal is a pivotal intervention in Soviet philosophy, and one of the most insightful examples of the subterranean tradition of creative Soviet Marxism. It provides an important window into the highly contested, yet poorly researched, intellectual history of Marxist theory in the Soviet Union in the post-Stalinist period. Soviet Diamat was the official interpretation of Marxist theory sanctioned by the state. Evald Vasilyevich Ilyenkov's review of the concept of the ideal through the history of Western philosophy illustrates the achievements of 'intelligent' idealism, as well as the poverty of what Lenin called 'silly' materialism. Most significantly, it demonstrates Marx's distinct solution to the problem of the ideal how it differs from idealist, but also from crude materialist conceptions. For Ilyenkov, the ideal is not a thing, but part of a process that involves the human representation of things in the body of other things.

Keywords: creative Soviet Marxism; Dialectics of the Ideal; Evald Vasilyevich Ilyenkov; intelligent idealism; Soviet Diamat; Soviet philosophy

10.1163/9789004246928_002
/content/books/b9789004246928_002
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Dialectics of the Ideal — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation