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Marx, Marxism and Philosophy, Today — October 27th, 2018 Readings

Read­ings for Octo­ber 27th, 2018:

Con­tin­u­a­tion of Marx’s Eco­nom­ic and Philo­soph­i­cal Ms. pp. 106–119 on Estranged Labor and pp. 170–193 “Cri­tique of the Hegelian Dialec­tic,” – this is fun­da­men­tal­ly Marx’s relin­quish­ing of Hegelian ide­al­ism vis a vis Feurbach’s over­turn­ing of this ide­al­ism. Marx con­cen­trates most­ly on con­scious­ness, self-con­scious­ness and estrange­ment and the nega­tion of the nega­tion. For the ear­ly Marx, Hegel is the first philoso­pher to seri­ous­ly raise the labor ques­tion in rela­tion to polit­i­cal econ­o­my.

The oth­er read­ing is the sec­tion titled, “The Phe­nom­e­non of Reifi­ca­tion,” in His­to­ry and Class Con­scious­ness by Lukacs, pp. 83–109. We will exam­ine the read­ing of Marx’s com­mod­i­ty form and its phan­tom objec­tiv­i­ty from this sec­tion, as well as the split (the mod­ern schizoid) between labor pow­er and one’s per­son­al­i­ty.

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