Marxism Reading Group: Ideology or Hegemony?


March 03, 2021 at 7:00pm - 9pm


Zoom Meeting

Marxism is often thought of as a tool for ideological demystification, the “ruthless criticism of all that exists.” However, Marx never produced a systematic theory of ideology in general. It fell to later writers to expand Marx’s views on the topic, asking about the extent to which Marxism was a theory of social consciousness as a whole. In this session, we will discuss the influential theory of ideology by the French philosopher Louis Althusser. (We will also do an in-session reading from Antonio Gramsci!)



Althusser, On the Reproduction of Capitalism


Suggested Additional Readings:

  • Marx, The German Ideology
  • Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks
  • Anderson, “The Antinomies of Antonio Gramsci”
  • Žižek, The Sublime Object of Ideology



About the Series

The Philly Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Marxism Reading Group meets via Zoom on alternating Wednesdays to discuss issues in socialist theory and strategy. 
Each meeting, we’ll look at a specific topic, including theories of the State, gender, imperialism,hegemony, and the origin of capitalism itself. Along the way, we’ll read some of the most influential Marxist theorists, including Angela Davis, Louis Althusser, Ellen Meiksins Wood, CLR James, and Rosa Luxemburg.



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