The prophet of social decadence, the theorist of violence and advocate of the general strike, the critic who stood Marx on his head, Georges Sorel was one of the foremost writers of this century to write extensively on the great importance of the moral aspects of social movements. His reconstruction of socialist ethics established him as one of the most remarkable critics of Marxist thought, and his writings in many aspects anticipated contemporary interpretations.

From Georges Sorel, the first of two volumes of Sorel's work, presents his major contributions to social thought articles on Marxism, religion, syndicalism, social myths, the philosophy of history and science, as well as a large and newly translated segment of "Reflections on Violence." In his introduction, John Stanley disputes the frequently encountered view of Sorel as a reactionary or extreme rightist, and emphasizes Sorel's attempt to provide Western society with a morality based on labor, struggle, and family life.

chapter 1|61 pages


chapter 1|9 pages

from The Trial of Socrates

chapter 2|23 pages

The Socialist Future of the Syndicates 1

chapter 3|17 pages

The Ethics of Socialism 1

chapter 4|65 pages

from Critical Essays in Marxism

chapter 5|16 pages

from The Illusions of Progress

chapter 6|35 pages

from Reflections on Violence

chapter 8|34 pages

from The Utility of Pragmatism