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PHIL 7723 Marx and Critical Theory (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

The popularity of Thomas Piketty’s recent book on capital (Capital in the Twenty-First Century) is a reminder of just how important the writings of Karl Marx were and still are. In this age of globalization Marx was the first global thinker whose writings cast a critical eye on the political and economic development of the modern world. In this course we will read elements of the essential works of that great thinker. This course will consider a selection of his writings which will include the following: The Jewish Question, Comments on James Mill, Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, Thesis on Feuerbach, The German Ideology, The Grundrisse, Critique of the Gotha Program, The Communist Manifesto, and selections from Capital Vol. 1. Beyond that we will consider the origins of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory as it relates to Marx’s work.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): David M. Rasmussen

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17