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LSE Platypus Primary Reading Group: What is the Left? -- What is Marxism?

Autumn/Winter 2018

Tuesdays 6pm-9pm, London School of Economics,

Room KSW1.01
20 Kingsway, London WC2A 2AE

 

check platypus1917.org/london for details, or facebook.com/platypusLSE

  • required/ + recommended reading

Marx and Engels readings pp. from Robert C. Tucker, ed., Marx-Engels Reader (Norton 2nd ed., 1978)

Week A. Introduction to Platypus | Oct. 2, 2018 | **Knights Templar 6-8pm**

 

 

Week B. Hegel: Freedom in History | Oct. 9, 2018 | KSW1.01 | 6-9pm

 

+ Being and becoming (freedom in transformation) chart of terms

 

Week 1. What is the Left? I. Capital in History | Oct. 16, 2018 | KSW1.01 | 6-9pm

 

+ Rainer Maria Rilke, "Archaic Torso of Apollo" (1908)
+ Robert Pippin, "On Critical Theory" (2004)
+ G.M. Tamas, "Telling the truth about class" (2007)

 

Week 2. What is the Left? II. Utopia and critique | Oct. 23, 2018 | KSW1.01 | 6-9pm

 

 

Week 3. What is Marxism? I. Socialism | October 30, 2018 | KSW1.01 | 6-9pm

Commodity form chart of terms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 4. Break [ LSE Reading Week ] | Nov. 6, 2017

 

 

Week 5. What is Marxism? II. Revolution in 1848 | Nov. 13, 2018 | KSW1.01 | 6-9pm

 

Week 6. What is Marxism? III. Bonapartism | Nov. 20, 2018 | KSW1.01 | 6-9pm

+ Karl Korsch, "The Marxism of the First International" (1924)

+ Korsch, Introduction to Marx, Critique of the Gotha Programme (1922)

 

Week 7. What is Marxism? IV. Critique of political economy | Nov. 27, 2018 | KSW1.01 | 6-9pm

Commodity form chart of terms

 

Week 8. What is Marxism? V. Reification | Dec. 4, 2018 | KSW1.01 | 6-9pm

Commodity form chart of terms

 

Week 9. What is Marxism? VI. Class consciousness | Dec. 11, 2018 | KSW1.01

+ Marx, Preface to the First German Edition and Afterword to the Second German Edition(1873) of Capital (1867), pp. 294–298, 299–302

 


Winter break readings

+ Richard Appignanesi and Oscar Zarate / A&Z, Introducing Lenin and the Russian Revolution / Lenin for Beginners (1977)

+ Sebastian Haffner, Failure of a Revolution: Germany 1918–19 (1968)

+ Edmund Wilson, To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History(1940), Part II. Ch. (1–4,) 5–10, 12–16; Part III. Ch. 1–6

+ Tariq Ali and Phil Evans, Introducing Trotsky and Marxism / Trotsky for Beginners(1980)

+ James Joll, The Second International 1889–1914 (1966)   

 

 

Week 10. What is Marxism? VII. Ends of philosophy | Jan. 15, 2019 | KSW1.01 | 6-9pm

+ MarxTo make the world philosophical (from Marx's dissertation, 1839–41), pp. 9–11

+ MarxFor the ruthless criticism of everything existing (letter to Arnold Ruge, September 1843), pp. 12–15

+ Marx"Theses on Feuerbach" (1845), pp. 143–145

 

  1. Introduction to revolutionary Marxism – Spring/Summer 2019

Jan 23 – June 6, 2018

[including texts by Lenin, Luxemburg, Trotsky, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno]

all readings are available online: /pedagogy

 

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