Winter 1946 • Vol. VIII No. 1 Book Reviews |

Marxism and Modern Anthropology

Human Nature: The Marxian View by Vernon Venable. Knopf. $3.00. No other exegete has so disarmingly and persuasively presented Marx and Engels to the "liberal" intellectual. More than anything else this book is a skillful reconciliation of Marxian doctrine with premises and sentiments widely accepted by Western intellectuals who are not Marxians. Not that Venable evades the real issues. But he does not write in the manner of most followers of intellectual religions. He avoids scorn, epithet, and insult; he refrains from irritating over-statement and passion-provoking polemic. His workmanlike use of the apparatus of academic scholarship helps to sustain at least the semblance of dispassionateness. Like Homer, he seldom speaks explicitly for himself, though from this position he occasionally slips (cf. pp. 122, 212). The title suggests a narrower terrain than is actually covered. This is a digest of almost the whole of Marxian theory, although the accent is upon the anthropological an

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The Way of Life

By Clyde Kluckhohn

Human Nature: The Marxian View by Vernon Venable. Knopf. $3.00. No other exegete has so disarmingly and persuasively presented Marx and Engels to the "liberal" intellectual. More than anything else […]

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