Left to right: Emory Douglas Illustration, Aristotle, Nicos Poulantzas
(4:30–6:30pm): an eight week course — $15 per session or $100 for all eight sessions.
The ethic of democracy is central to the project of Marxism. This class will examine the concept of democracy and how it has been incorporated within the Marxist tradition. The Marxist critique of liberal ‘democracy’ and the relation of democracy to human creation as well as economic production will also be interrogated. Readings will include works from Aristotle, Marx, Gramsci, Pannekoek, Luxemburg, Castoriadis, and Poulantzas.
Readings will include:
Spet. 29, Week 1: Cornelius Castoriadis “The Greek Polis and the Invention of Democracy” in Philosophy, Politics, Autonomy
Oct. 6, Week 2: Conthttp://b‑ok.xyz/book/981479/71b4f2inuation of Castoridis and Book 1 of Aristotle’s Politics
Oct. 13, Week 3: Karl Marx, On the Jewish Question and Critique of the Gotha Program
Oct. 20, Week 4: Rosa Luxemburg, “Organizational Questions of Russian Social Democracy” and The Russian Revolution, in The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
Oct. 27, Week 5: Anton Pannekoek, Workers Councils, (Chapter 1, “The Task”, and 2, “The Fight”).
Nov. 3, Week 6: Jean-Paul Sartre, “Elections: A Trap for Fools”, and Claus Offe, “The Two Logics of Collective Action”
Nov. 10, Week 7: Antonio Gramsci, “The Modern Prince” and “State and Civil Society” in Selections from the Prison Notebooks
Nov. 17, Week 8: Nicos Poulantzas, State, Power, Socialism, (part 4, “The Decline of Dcmocracy”, and 5, “Toward a Democratic Socialism”)
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