2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Marx and Marxisms

NEW! Last Updated: 05/18/2009

Spring quarter

Faculty: Kathleen Eamon Philosophy

Major areas of study include Philosophy, Social Theory, Political Theory

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

In this program, we will read Marx's Capital, vol. I, in its entirety. In addition, students will focus on a set of important Marxist theorists with interests ranging from the cultural, political, and revolutionary deployments of Marx's thought to the role of the modern state and the responsibilities of intellectuals. Possible Marxist theorists include Gramsci, Luk√°cs, Althusser, Benjamin and Lenin.

Although the current economic crisis will form no part of our actual materials, the project is certainly timely: we will work through Marx's comprehensive attempt to understand the source of value and profit, the preconditions for and transformations of the capitalist mode of production, the role of crises and their effects on wage laborers, and the relationship of the demands for economic expansion to colonialism. The secondary set of readings will help us begin to link Marx's thought to a broader set of questions.

This program will involve a serious commitment to careful reading and discussion. The requirements for credit include a series of conceptual outlines covering each of the nine chapters of Capital, two short essays a week, seminar facilitation, presentations, as well as both independent and collaborative efforts. This is a rare opportunity to do careful and systematic work on an historically important text, and our success will depend on the unflagging energies of each participant.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 20

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Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in Philosophy, Political Science

Planning Units: Culture, Text and Language, Society, Politics, Behavior and Change