The first part of this book contains a selection of Leszek Nowak’s (1943-2009) works on non-Marxian historical materialism, which are published here in English for the first time. In these papers, Nowak constructs a dynamic model of religious community, reconstructs historiosophical assumptions of liberalism and considers the methodological status of prognosis of totalitarization of capitalist society. In the second part of the book, new contributions to non-Marxian historical materialism are presented. Their authors analyze mechanisms of the oligarchization of liberal democracy, the democratization of real socialism, and the development of early modern Ottoman and post-war Chinese societies.
Krzysztof Brzechczyn is (titular) Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. He has published five books and numerous articles in Chinese, English, German, Italian, Polish, and Romanian. His fields of interest are: philosophy of history, philosophy of social sciences, political and social philosophy, and theory of history.
On Leszek Nowak’s Theory of the Historical Process: Preface
List of Tables and Figures
Notes on Contributors
part 1 Leszek Nowak on Non-Marxian Historical Materialism 1 Religion as a Class Structure: A Contribution to Non-Marxian Historical Materialism
2 The Truth Unbearable for All
3 Hegel and Liberalism: On the Issue of the Nature of Historiosophy
4 The Problem of the So-called Social Transformation
5 The End of History or Its Repetition?
6 Marxism versus Liberalism: A Certain Paradox
7 The On-the-verge Effect in a Historical Process: An Attempt at an Interpretation in the Light of Non-Marxian Historical Materialism
8 Hegel’s Chuckle, That is, Marxism and Liberalism in Polish Politics
9 On the Prediction of the Totalitarization of Capitalism: An Attempt at an Evaluation after Twenty Years Later
part 2 On Totalitarization of Capitalism, Democratization of Real Socialism and Development of Non-European Societies 10 The Problem of Totalitarization of the Capitalist Society
11 The Problem of the Accumulation of Class Divisions in Contemporary Capitalism: An Attempt at a Theoretical Analysis
12 How Does Democracy Evolve in Autocracy?
13 On Coalitions and Party Splintering: A Contribution to the Theory of Power in Non-Marxian Historical Materialism
14 On Two Types of Democratization: Poland and Czechoslovakia: An Attempt at Theoretical Analysis
15 The Social Structure of the Ottoman Society: An Attempt at a Theoretical Analysis
16 The Dynamics of Power in Postwar China: An Attempt at a Theoretical Analysis
The volume will be of interest to graduate and undergraduate students, as well as specialists who deal with the philosophy of history, the philosophy of social sciences and the political philosophy of liberalism.