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Capital and Crises

Vak 2017-2018


The course offers an extensive introduction to the categorial framework developed by Marx, such as his conception of the commodity, the idea of value, the concepts of exploitation and class, and the phenomenon of imperialism. The course will develop these ideas without recourse to the jargon of Marxist economics, or the baroque intricacies of the so-called ‘dialectical method’, using only the toolkits of analytic philosophy.

Course Objectives

This lecture course introduces certain key concepts in social and political theory through engagement with Marx’s Capital, Vol. 1.
By the end of the course students should have a deeper understanding of some core concepts in political and social theory, and have developed a clearer sense of a categorial framework that helps us better understand, and change, the social world we inhabit.

Reading List

Avineri, S Karl Marx: Social and Political Thought. Cambridge 1968.
Barone, C Radical Political Economy. Sharpe M.E., 2004.
Cohen, G A Karl Marx’s Theory of History: A Defence. Princeton, 2000
Fine, B & Saad-Filho Marx’s Capital. Pluto 2010.
Harvey, D A Companion to Marx’s Capital. Verso, 2010.
Heinrich, M An Introduction to the three volumes of Marx’s Capital. Monthly Review Press, 2004.
McNally, D Against the Market. Verso, 1993.
Miller, R Analyzing Marx. Princeton, 1984.
Roemer, J A General Theory of Exploitation and Class. Cambridge, 1982.
Rosdolsky, R The Making of Marx’s Capital. Pluto, 1977.
Rubin, I I Essays on Marx’s Theory of Value. Verso, 1998.
Weeks, J Capital and Exploitation. Arnold, 1981.
Wolff, R P Understanding Marx. Princeton, 1984.
Wood, A Karl Marx. Routledge, 2004.

Assessment Method

10% participation, 20% presentations, 70% essays




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