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Russian Pre-Revolutionary Marxism on the the Personality

Alexander Dmitriev
Studies in East European Thought
Vol. 61, No. 2/3, The Discourse of Personality in the Russian Intellectual Tradition (Aug., 2009), pp. 105-112
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40345309
Page Count: 8
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Russian Pre-Revolutionary Marxism on the the Personality
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Abstract

The article treated various concerns of Russian Marxists relating to the concept of personality. In fact, it was not the individual per se and the kindred conceptual constructs that shaped discussions inside Russian Social-Democracy. The individual, on the contrary, was seen as an alien concept, as a central idea of the opponents: the Narodniks, anarchists, Cadets, and liberals in general. The post-1907 Marxist writings demonstrated a significant shift of accent in their approaches to the category of individuality. This was the result of polemics on the psychological particularities of the "reactionary" period (1907-1910). This profound and frequently concealed interest in the individual was typical, in general, of the new generation of Social-Democrats (Bogdanov, Bazarov, Lunacarskij) disillusioned with the classical positivism of the "fathers" and the dogmatic materialism of the "older comrades."

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