Studies in East European Thought

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 63–81 | Cite as

Merleau-Ponty, Marx, and Marxism: The problem of history

  • Tom Rockmore


At the present time, Europe, particularly eastern Europe, is still immersed in a major political transformation, the most significant such change since the Second World War, arising out of the rejection of official Marxism. This unforeseen rejection requires meditation by all those concerned with the relation of philosophy to the historical context. Marxism, that follows Marx’s insistence on the link between a theory and the context in which it arises, cannot be indifferent to the rejection of Marxist theory in practice. In respect to the usual tendency to pass rapidly over practice for a theoretical analysis of social theory, Merleau-Ponty stands out for his concern to evaluate the theoretical claims of Marx and Marxism against practice.

Key Words

Georg Lukács humanism Marxism revolution violence 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Rockmore
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA

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