|About the Book|
An excellent analysis of humanism from a Marxist-Leninist perspective. Petrosyans Humanism covers past, present, and future- it begins with a historical overview of humanist thought and its roots in mythology and traditional folklore extolling the virtues of the common working person, addresses objections by present thinkers (of the time, but many of which are still relevant today) and draws a clear separation between Marxist-Leninist humanism and both bourgeois humanism (focusing especially towards the end on the strain of humanism conceiving of it as a purely abstract-ethical concern, as advocated by organizations such as the International Humanist and Ethical Union and its affiliates) and the revisionist and Eurocommunist/social-democratic forms of humanism claiming to be Marxist.Petrosyan presents Marxist-Leninist humanism as the highest form, demonstrating how the communist ideal and the emphasis on concrete issues and practical action arising from the basis in the Marxist-Leninist theory of knowledge and dialectical and historical materialism make a Marxist-Leninist humanism uniquely able to provide a complete answer to the question of ensuring happiness and spiritual freedom to every individual. Through the historical overview and discussion of anti-humanist and humanist criticisms of Marxist-Leninist humanism, Petrosyan thoroughly grounds the Marxist-Leninist humanism she advocates in the world tradition of humanist thought, yet also shows how it differs from the bourgeois, revisionist, abstract-ethical and other humanisms that anti-humanists tend to focus their arguments on.I picked up this book just because the title looked interesting but reading it got me identifying as a humanist again. Its a relatively obscure Progress Publishers book from the 70s so you probably wont find it at your local bookstore, but it should probably be possible to find used online if you look around.