1st Edition

From Georges Sorel Essays in Socialism and Philosophy

By Georges Sorel Copyright 1987
    410 Pages
    by Routledge

    402 Pages
    by Routledge

    The prophet of social decadence, the theorist of violence and advocate of the general strike, the critic who stood Marx on his head, Georges Sorel was one of the foremost writers of this century to write extensively on the great importance of the moral aspects of social movements. His reconstruction of socialist ethics established him as one of the most remarkable critics of Marxist thought, and his writings in many aspects anticipated contemporary interpretations.

    From Georges Sorel, the first of two volumes of Sorel's work, presents his major contributions to social thought—articles on Marxism, religion, syndicalism, social myths, the philosophy of history and science, as well as a large and newly translated segment of "Reflections on Violence." In his introduction, John Stanley disputes the frequently encountered view of Sorel as a reactionary or extreme rightist, and emphasizes Sorel's attempt to provide Western society with a morality based on labor, struggle, and family life.

    1: Introduction; 1: from The Trial of Socrates; 2: The Socialist Future of the Syndicates 1; 3: The Ethics of Socialism 1; 4: from Critical Essays in Marxism; 5: from The Illusions of Progress; 6: from Reflections on Violence; 7: from Materials for a Theory of the Proletariat; 8: from The Utility of Pragmatism


    Georges Sorel