Marxism Reading Group: Marxism as Social Theory


June 30, 2021 at 7:00pm - 9pm


Zoom Meeting

For this meeting, we'll be reading excerpts from The German Ideology and Economic & Philosophical Manuscripts ("The 1844 Manuscripts"). In these two texts, Marx and Engels' political and philosophical ideas were developed at length. The two texts present a strong sense of what "Marxism" actually means as a way of looking at the world. They also give glimpses of Marx's vision for a better society, rooted in a freer and more human form of life.

  • Marx, Economic & Philosophical Manuscripts (1844 Manuscripts)
  • Marx & Engels, The German Ideology


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About the Series

This summer, the Marxism Reading Group will meet via Zoom on alternating Wednesdays to discuss the earliest years of Marxism. Over the course of eight sessions, we’ll revisit some of the major pioneers of Marxist history, from Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to Vladimir Lenin and Rosa Luxemburg.

Along the way, we’ll explore the basics of Marx’s economic ideas; examine debates within Marxism about political strategy; read through early discussions of gender and social equality; and consider attempts to translate Marxist ideas into political practice.

If you've ever wondered what the word "Marxism" actually means–or, if you've struggled to make inroads into Marx's daunting Capital–now is the perfect chance to get involved. Whether you’re a longtime reader of Marx or someone just looking to understand the roots of our current socialist movement, the Marxism Reading Group is for you!

  • 06/30 - Marxism as Social Theory
  • 07/14 - Marxism & Politics
  • 07/28 - Socialism: Utopian & Scientific
  • 08/11 - Reform or Revolution
  • 08/25 - The Road To Power
  • 09/08 - What Is To Be Done?
  • 09/22 - Marxism and Gender


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