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)

Recommended Readings: -

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.

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