Marx & Philosophy Review of Books: Red Hamlet: The Life and Ideas of Alexander Bogdanov by James D White, and Empiriomonism: Essays in Philosophy, Books 1-3 by Alexander Bogdanov reviewed by Nicholas Bujalski

“It has been thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Yet today, despite the efforts of its many gravediggers and eulogists, the short twentieth century has never felt more open, contingent and ambiguously alive. From the uneasy centenary of the Russian Revolution in 2017, to the epistemological dynamite of 2020-2021, there is clearly […]

Bogdanov Library – Volume Three (Toward a New World: Articles and Essays, 1899–1906) – Forthcoming

David Rowley has completed the translation for the third volume of Bogdanov Library and received the manuscript from Historical Materialism’s copy-editor. Hopefully it will be published soon after he goes through edits and submits the final version. Below is the Table of Contents: Contents Translator’s Introduction Part One: On the Psychology of Society                                     From […]

Two Events Celebrating the Life and Contribution of Alexander Bogdanov (University of Hull, online, June 2-3)

Information from the event’s website: Alexander Bogdanov was one of the most creative and inspiring figures of the 20th Century. His utopian novel, Red Star, started the genre of Bolshevik science fiction, and he was the founder of the world’s first haematology institute. He was a leader of the Russian Bolsheviks, working with Lenin, at the […]

New Article: John Biggart, Plekhanov as politician 1905—1912

Abstract During 1910 Lenin and Plekhanov entered into a relationship that both were at pains to avoid describing as a “fractional”, preferring instead to speak of a “rapprochement” (“sblizhenie”). Alexander Bogdanov would later allege that Lenin had been “hypnotized” by the success of Petr Arkadievich Stolypin, Chair of the Council of Ministers, who had made […]

New Article: David G. Rowley, The influence of Friedrich Engels on Alexander Bogdanov’s Basic Elements of the Historical View of Nature

Studies in East European Thought (2021) Abstract: Alexander Bogdanov’s first work of philosophy, Basic Elements of the Historical View of Nature, was fundamentally influenced by Friedrich Engels. As a Marxist philosopher seeking to elaborate a comprehensive, systematic, and scientific worldview appropriate for worker–students, Bogdanov found inspiration in Engels’s Anti-Dühring, which provided him with his monist conception of being […]

New Article: John Biggart, Lunacharsky at the Copenhagen Congress of the Socialist International (1910)

Abstract The Copenhagen Congress of the Socialist International of 28 August—3 September 1910 was the last Congress of the International in which the RSDRP participated as a formally united party. Though a truce had been negotiated between the warring factions at the Plenum of the Central Committee of 15 January—5 February 1910, a study of […]