School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: PH-473 Semester: 5th
Course Title: Karl Marx’s Social and Political Thought
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Special background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Νο
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    Learning outcomes: After having attended the course, students should be able to critically present a) the philosophical origins of Marx’s thought and its development from the early period of the first half of the 1840s up until the mature analysis of the capitalist mode of production; b) the main elements of the Marxian analysis of modern capitalist society, and the fundamental concepts and theoretical schemes of this analysis; c) the Marxian theory of history and d) Marx’s political thought, as it is presented in his early writings and in his mature texts. Furthermore, students should be able to recognize the complexity and the tensions of Marx’s work as well as the differences between subsequent interpretations.

    General Competences: 

    Production of free, creative and critical thought

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course will examine the following themes:
    1. The Marxian concept of critique: from the critique of politics to the critique of political economy
    2. Alienation and property in the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts (1844)
    3. The contradictions of modern capitalist society
    4. Marx’s theory of history
    5. Political emancipation and its limits


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Communication with the students
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures; close reading (analysis and commentary) of selected passages from the works included in the bibliography (see below). 39
    Study of the bibliography 60
    Preparation for the exams 55
    Course total: 154
    Student performance evaluation:

    Written examination at the end of the semester. The students are given two questions and two passages selected from the texts studied during the semester; they are asked to answer one of the questions and to analyze and comment one of the passages. Students who attend the course regularly can also give an essay (40% of the final evaluation).


    Suggested bibliography:

    – K. Marx, Critique of Hegel’s ‘Philosophy of Right’
    – K. Marx, On the Jewish Question
    – K. Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts (1844)
    – K. Marx, Theses on Feuerbach
    – K. Marx, Capital (I)
    – K. Marx, Grundrisse
    – K. Marx, The Civil War in France
    – K. Marx, F. Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party
    – K. Marx, F. Engels, The German Ideology
    – M. Abensour, Democracy against the State. Marx and the Machiavellian Moment, Polity, 2011
    – Ε. Balibar, The philosophy of Marx, Verso, 2014
    – Ι. Meszaros, Marx’s Theory of Alienation, Merlin Press, 2006
    – Γ. Φαράκλας, Η λογική του κεφαλαίου. Μια κριτική εισαγωγή στη σκέψη του Μαρξ και του Βέμπερ, Εστία, Αθήνα 2018