Arnason, Johann Pal

Kosík’s Marxism: Sources, Significance and Limitations


The paper will start with memories of reading Dialectics of the Concrete, shortly after its first publication, and  of its impact on  the Czech intellectual scene of the times. A second section will then discuss the distinctive characteristics of Kosík’s Marxism, with particular reference to its phenomenological and/or Hegelian orientation. Finally, the specific limitations of Kosík’s reinterpretation of Marx will be considered, both on the basis of  historical experience and in light of later intellectual developments.