Marx and Contemporary Political Phil.

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode FI194TS
Vaknaam Marx and Contemporary Political Phil.
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Marx and Contemporary Political Philosophy
Leerdoelen Topic specific objectives:
  • to acquire knowledge about main themes in contemporary political philosophy that relate to Marx’s thought, such as exploitation, materialist theories of politics, and the critique of morality,
  • to acquire knowledge about the significance of Marx’s and Marxist thought for contemporary political questions,
  • to acquire knowledge about siginificant contributions of Marx and post-Marxist political philosophy,
  • to relate arguments in political philosophy from different traditions to each other.

General philosophical objectives:
  • to improve skills in identifying and evaluating philosophical arguments,
  • to improve skills in finding relevant literature and to critically evaluate the arguments of different theories,
  • to improve skills in communicating philosophical arguments in written form,
  • to improve skills in summarizing philosophical arguments in the course of a presentation.
Omschrijving The work of Marx offers a perspective on questions of justice and politics that is distinctive from most contemporary mainstream political theory. Rather than focussing merely on the distributive effects of economic activities, Marx has famously raised the question of how to think of the way in which societies organize their reproduction as a system with a structure — in particular, focusing on capitalism as a structure of social domination. In this course — which does not presuppose any detailed knowledge of Marx — we will examine the central elements of Marx‘s theory as laid out in his main works, such as the German Ideology and Capital, as well as consider the relationship between Marxism and contemporary egalitarian liberalism, especially as relating to topics such as exploitation, ideology and the critique of morality. We will also consider the work of significant post-Marxist political theorists on the nature of the state and politics, and finally consider the question of whether Marxian thought offers any conception of politics that is a serious competitor in contemporary political philosophy. As most students will not have much previous knowledge of Marx, there is an expectation towards students in this course to do a substantial amount of reading before the individual sessions.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm essay, referaat/presentatie
(presentation, essay)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. U.T.R. Stahl
Docent(en) dr. U.T.R. Stahl
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
A list with required literature will be distributed before the course starts.
Most texts are available online.
Entreevoorwaarden Social and Political Philosophy 1 and 2 or equivalent knowledge
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ma Filosofie 1 semester I a keuze
Ma Filosofie en Educatie 1 semester I a keuze
Ma Filosofie en Maatschappij 1 semester I a keuze
Ma Philosophy, Science and Humanities 1 semester I a keuze
Msc Philosophy, Politics and Economics 1 semester I a keuze
Researchmaster Philosophy 1 semester I a keuze