Introduction to Otto Neurath’s “Bourgeois Marxism” (1930) and “Worldview and Marxism” (1931)


  • Alan Scott University of New England (Australia) and University of Innsbruck (Austria).



Austro-Marxism, Karl Mannheim, logical empiricism, Marxist vs. bourgeois sociology, Otto Neurath


We are publishing two short pieces by Otto Neurath, a key figures in the Vienna Circle of logical empiricists, but also a social scientist close to the milieu of Austro-Marxism: "Bourgeois Marxism. A review essay on Karl Mannheim, Ideologie und Utopie" (Der Kampf, 1930) and "Worldview and Marxism(Der Kampf, 1931). The translations are preceded by the editor's/translator's introduction. Neither piece seems to have been previously translated. The critique of Mannheim will be of particular interest to sociologists as it represents a trenchant response to Ideology and Utopia. For Neurath, Mannheim appropriates Marxist ideas for "bourgeois sociology" and metaphysics. The second piece presents a brief non-technical account of the logical empiricist interpretation of Marxism from which Neurath's critique is launched.


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How to Cite

Scott, A. (2020). Introduction to Otto Neurath’s “Bourgeois Marxism” (1930) and “Worldview and Marxism” (1931). Sociologica, 14(1), 227–234.



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