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Columbia University Platypus Fall 2021 Reading Group: What is the Left? What is Marxism?

When: Wednesdays 8-9pm
Where: Kent 522a

Week 1 - March 27th

• Max Horkheimer“The little man and the philosophy of freedom” (pp. 50–52 from selections from Dämmerung,1926–31)
• Louis Menandon Marx and Engels as philosophes of a Second Enlightenment
• Karl Marxon “becoming” (from the Grundrisse, 1857–58)
Being and becoming (freedom in transformation) chart of terms

Week 2 - April 3rd* - starting @ 7 PM

Teach-in on the 1918 German Revolution by Richard Rubin. Some students from the University of Leipzig will be joining us for this event!

Week 3 - April 10th

• Chris Cutrone“Capital in history” (2008)
Capital in history timeline and chart of terms
video of Communist University 2011 London presentation
Capitalist contradiction chart of terms
• Cutrone“Class consciousness (from a Marxist perspective) today” (2012)

Week 4 - April 17th

• Leszek Kolakowski“The concept of the Left” (1968)
• MarxFor the ruthless criticism of everything existing (letter to Arnold Ruge, September 1843)

Week 5 - April 24th

Capitalist contradiction chart of terms
• Cutrone“The Marxist hypothesis” (2010)