RCIDIV 350 - Special Topics
Section: 001 Marxism
Term: FA 2007
Subject: RC Interdivisional (RCIDIV)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Minicourse meeting Sept. 6-Oct. 11. (Drop/Add deadline=Sept. 24)..
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The objective of this course is to help students achieve a full understanding of the philosophy of Marxism — its roots, its theoretical integrity, and its applications, both in the 19th century and today. We will read and study some classic texts, by Marx and others. Both defenses and attacks on these views will be discussed; our object throughout will not be advocacy but the comprehension of the work of one of the greatest philosophers of the modern world, and of the great movement of which Karl Marx is the central philosophical force.


  • The Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, K. Marx
  • The Communist Manifesto, K. Marx and F. Engels
  • Socialism, Utopian and Scientific, F. Engels
  • "Left Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder, V.I. Lenin Plus some other selections (from Hegel, Feuerbach, and Marx) taken from my book: Communism, Fascism, and Democracy.

The course will be structured as follows:

  • Week 1. The Roots of Marxism: Hegel, Feuerbach, Utopian Socialism.
  • Week 2. Marx's early thought: Alienation and exploitation in capitalism.
  • Week 3. Dialectical Materialism: Central works of Marx and Engels, and the stages of revolution.
  • Week 4. Dialectical Materialism continued: Das Capital and the integration of philosophical and economic theory.

RCIDIV 350 - Special Topics
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
W 7:00PM - 10:00PM
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