Western Marxism (book)

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Western Marxism
Western Marxism.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author José Guilherme Merquior
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Western Marxism
Publisher Paladin Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 247
ISBN 978-0586084540

Western Marxism is a 1986 book about Western Marxism by the Brazilian critic and sociologist José Guilherme Merquior.


Merquior criticizes anti-modernist and postmodernist strands of thought, which he calls Kulturkritik. On Merquior's account, Kulturkritik has two essential features: a moralistic hatred of modernity, specifically of bourgeois culture, and a systematic obscurantism, a denial of rational methods and criteria in the study of society.[1]


Gregory R. Johnson calls Western Marxism one of Merquior's "minor classics."[1]



  1. ^ a b Johnson 1992. p. 154.
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