Marx Seminar – The Humanist, Materialist, and Economic Periods

Wk 7 Reading:

Last half of “I. Feuerbach: Opposition of the Materialist and Idealist Outlooks” 

at Next Door Dec. 23rd

Tell me about Marxism. Go on. We’ve all heard of Karl Marx and his ideas, but could you tell me what those ideas are? Are you slightly annoyed that you hear about it so much but can’t say much?

Exercise your critical thinking and educate yourself about major economic and political ideas and events that greatly affected the Modern world around you by getting down to the texts and ideas themselves.

This series will endeavour to understand these unarguably influential ideas by looking closely at the earlier humanist period, the middle materialist period, and the later economic period of Marx’s writings.

“At first Marx critiqued religion philosophically, then he critiqued religion and philosophy politically, and at last he critiqued religion, philosophy, politics, and all other ideologies, economically.” – Karl Lowith

There will be two concurrent seminars, one on Saturday and a repeat on Monday. 

We will meet every other week. All works unless noted will be done in their entirety

Add the Saturday meetings at Next Door to your calendar:

Add the Monday meetings at the Harold Washington Library to your calendar:

Schedule of Discussions: Early, Mature, and Late Marx

✓ Early – the humanist period: Critique as inversion/hermeneutic

“The entire so-called history of the world is nothing but the begetting of man through human labor.” – Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts 

✓ Wk 1 Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right

✓ Wk 2 Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right

✓ Wk 3 Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts

✓ Wk 4 Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts

Mature – the materialist period: Critique as inversion and dialectical analysis

Formation of historical materialism.

“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” – Communist Manifesto 

✓ Wk 5 The Communist Manifesto

 Wk 6 Dec. 9th or Dec. 11th: The German Ideology

Wk 7 Dec. 23: The German Ideology

– Reading: Please read the last half of “I. Feuerbach: Opposition of the Materialist and Idealist Outlooks” 

Wk 8 Date TBA: Wage-Labor and Capital 

– Reading: TBA

Late – the economic period: Critique as dialectical analysis and abstraction

Modern society understood through commodity fetishism and the internal contradictions of capitalism.

“To lay bare the economic law of motion of modern society.” – Capital 

Wk 9 Date TBA: Critique of Political Economy 

– Reading: TBA

Wk 10 Date TBA: Das Kapital  (optional: co-read with Althusser’s Reading Capital)

– Reading: TBA

Wk 20 Date TBA: Das Kapital  (optional: co-read with Althusser’s Reading Capital)

– Reading: TBA

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