Few thought systems have been as distorted and sometimes misconstrued as that of Karl Marx. "Philosophy and Revolution" attempts to save Marx from interpretations which restrict the revolutionary significance of the philosophy behind his theory. Raya Dunayevskaya aims a total liberation of the human person - no only form the ills of a capitalist society but also from the equally oppressive state capitalism of established communist governments. Dunayevskaya combines within herself an incorruptible objectivity with a passionate political attitude, making this work a concrete discussion of the vicissitudes of society, justice, equality and existence.
Raya Dunayevskaya, who died in June 1987, was the founder of Marxist Humanism in the United States. Philosophy and Revolution is the second work of what the author called her "trilogy of revolution." These works represent the development of her 1953 breakthrough on Hegel's Absolute Idea, when she saw within the Absolute Idea a movement from practice as a well as a movement from theory. She perceived this unity as a vision of a new human society.