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Department of Philosophy

University of Peradeniya

PHY 403 - Philosophy of Marxism

The aim of the course is to introduce Philosophy of Marxism (Marxism as a non-conventional and unorthodox philosophical system). It will look at classical Marxist philosophy as well as post-Marxist theoretical developments of the 20th century, namely, the Philosophies of Lenin, Gramsci, Adorno, Althusser, Habermas, the Frankfurt School, Derrida and the Post-Modern Marxism of Fredrick Jameson.

Course content:

  • Historical Materialism, Dialectical Method, Matter and Consciousness, Concepts of Man, State, Labour, Class, Religion, Alieneation, Society and Revolution. Students will also be exposed to the ideas of Post-Marxist thinkers such as Lenin, Gramsi, Althusser, Habermas, and other important writers on Marxism such as Karl Popper, Sartre and Derrida. Post-Modernism and Marxism (Eagleton, Callanicoss, Fredrick Jamson)

Reading List
1. Afanasyer, V.1980. Marxist Philosophy. Moscow, Progress Publishers.
2. McMurty Jhon.1978. The Structure of Marx's World View. Princeton University Press.
3. Livingstone, R. and Brenton, G.1884. Early Writings of Marx. Harmondworth, Penguin.
4. Popper, Karl1969. The Poverty of Historicism. Routledge & Kegan Paul.
5. Derrida, J.1994. Specters of Marx. tr. Peggy Kamuf, London, Routledge & Kegan Paul.
6. මල්ලිකාරච්චි ඩෙස්මන් 2003 මාක්ස්වාදී රචනා. ශාස්ත්‍රෝදය මුද්‍රණාලය, කුලියාපිටිය (මුද්‍රණයේ).
7. මල්ලිකාරච්චි ඩෙස්මන් 2003 ගෞතම බුදුන් වහන්සේගේ සහ කාල්මාක්ස්ගේ මිනිසා පිළිබඳ සංකල්පය. ශාස්ත්‍රෝදය මුද්‍රණාලය, කුලියාපිටිය (මුද්‍රණයේ).