Joseph V Femia

in Marxism and Democracy

Published in print June 1993 | ISBN: 9780198279211
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191713842 | DOI:

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Sets out the purposes of the book, the main one being to explore the gross disparity between Marxism's emancipatory ambitions and the systematic repression carried out in its name. Also previewed is the book's central thesis: that Marxist ‘holism’, which reduces the individual self to the ‘ensemble of social relations’, is the underlying cause of communist totalitarianism. By way of preliminaries, the terms ‘Marxism’ and ‘democracy’ are discussed and defined.

Keywords: communist totalitarianism; democracy; holism; individual self; Marxism

Chapter.  3585 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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