Political Philosophy: Marxism

OSH 563 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description:

This course will focus on the thought and influence of Karl Marx.  We will begin with some topics in Ancient Greek Philosophy (specifically, Aristotle’s metaphysics) and then move on to Hegel.  This will lay the foundation of our analysis as we move on to Marx’s early works.  The course will culminate in an analysis of his mature works and responses to his work.

Week 1 The problems of Political Philosophy as explained by Plato and Aristotle.

Week 2 Hegel and his thought - The Dialectic and Man’s interaction with nature; Marx’s Dissertation at the University of Jena; Interpreters of Hegel: Kojeve and Hypolite.

Week 3 Early Marx: The Manuscripts of 1844.

Week 4 Marx’s “German Ideology” and “Theses on Feuerbach.”

Week 5 Focus on Marx’s core analysis of political power and the “relations of production.” 

Week 6 Marxist’s thought, i.e., “responses” to his thinking - early 20th century; Marx's influence on Foucault, Sartre, Camus, and Fromm.


Instructor:  Mr. Miguel Arechavaleta


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This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all OLLI at UM fall courses will be taught remotely, via Zoom.

OLLI 2020-2021 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
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Starts: 8/1/2020 Ends: 7/31/2021