Why Marx Matters
With Gabriel Rockhill
This seminar will elucidate the fundamental tenets of Marx’s philosophy, as well as their importance for understanding and transforming the contemporary world order. It will begin by explaining key concepts like historical materialism, class struggle, alienation, the labor theory of value, ideology and revolution. It will then briefly discuss a few of the important debates in the deep and broad history of Marxism in order to explore some of the ways that Marx’s work has been interpreted and transformed by subsequent generations. Finally, the course will focus in on what Marxist analysis has to contribute to contemporary debates and struggles by demonstrating how it can help us understand phenomena such as the environmental catastrophe, the increasing social inequality of globalization, the carceral state and its relationship to electoral democracy, the military-industrial-academic complex, institutional racism and gender inequality. Although the course will be directed at a lay audience, it will pedagogically build up its analysis in such a way that it will also serve the interests of those with a working knowledge of Marx and Marxism.
Facilitator: Gabriel Rockhill, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University and Director of the Critical Theory Workshop in Paris. His main areas of research are modern and contemporary thought, social and political theory, continental philosophy, aesthetics, and historiography. Gabriel is the author of Radical History & the Politics of Art; Interventions in Contemporary Thought: History, Politics, Aesthetics; Logique de l’histoire: Pour une analytique des pratiques philosophiques; Contre-histoire du temps présent: Interrogations intempestives sur la mondialisation, la technologie, la démocratie, as well as numerous articles, book chapters, reviews, and edited books.
In-house date: Saturday, November 23, 10am-2pm
Friday, November 22
7-8 p.m. EST
Initial meeting, introductions and preliminary discussion (this session will be recorded and made available in the case that participants cannot attend due to work or other obligations)
Saturday, November 23
10 a.m.-2 p.m. EST
Online participation in the lecture at Incite Seminars in Philadelphia
Sunday, November 24
5-6 p.m. EST
Q & A
6-7 p.m. EST
Final discussion and wrap-up
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- Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, “Manifesto of the Communist Party”
- Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The German Ideology (excerpt)
- Karl Marx, “Theses on Feuerbach“
- Eduardo Galeano, Upside Down (excerpt)
- Barbara Foley, “Intersectionality: A Marxist Critique”
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Why Marx Matters
Why Marx Matters